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CVA Blog
Monday, June 28, 2010

Reconciliation or Devastation?

1. LOVE the Earth

2. Famous Quote – Seneca (c. 5 BC-AD 65)

3. UN Favors Plant-Based Diets

4. Bible verse – John 15:10

5. UN’s Warning: Stop Industrial Fishing

6. This Week’s Video – Jonathan Safran Foer

 

1. LOVE the Earth

How can we show that we care and want to restore the health of our planet? By showing LOVE to it! Local, Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan Eating are the key choices to truly show respect and reverence for the Earth. Eating local helps save tremendous amount of fuel; eating organic helps us keep dangerous pesticides and fertilizers out of the air, soil and water; and eating a vegan/vegetarian diet helps us reduce the most voluminous cruelty on animals while saving precious resources, reduce deforestation and keep unnecessary hormones and antibiotics away from our bodies.

To read the full article please search online for Love for the Environment

Love is the driving force behind our Faith. We are made in the image of God's love and we are called to reflect that love onto all Creation. By doing this we actively participate in the reconciliation of God's Creation!

2. Famous Quote

"What with our hooks, snares, nets, and dogs, we are at war with all living creatures, and nothing comes amiss but that which is either too cheap or too common; and all this is to gratify a fantastical palate."

~ Seneca (c. 5 BC-AD 65)

3. UN Favors Plant-Based Diets

The United Nations is urging humanity to transition to a plant-based diet in order to save resources, restore the health of the environment and feed the whole world. Agriculture, mostly meat and dairy production, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of total land use and 19% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. To read the full article please search online for United Nations: Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet is Vital to Save the World

In the book of Genesis, we learn that God prescribed a plant-based diet at the beginning of Creation; therefore, it should not surprise us that the transition to a plant-based diet is one of the most crucial decisions humanity can make in order to restore Earth and save its inhabitants.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) John 15:10

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

As many of us have heard it say: Love is not just a feeling, but it is action. Christians are called to show our love for God by being obedient to Jesus’ teachings.  For us, Christian Vegetarians, that includes our diet.  We are being obedient to God by taking care of our bodies, alleviating animal suffering, helping restore environment and, what I consider very important, witnessing to our neighbors through our lifestyle of non-violence, love, respect, compassion and mercy for God’s creation.  

Let’s thank God for providing us with Jesus’ example and ministry and pray for strength in remaining obedient (although imperfectly) and for effectiveness in witnessing.

5. UN’s Warning: Stop Industrial Fishing

The United Nations (UN) has issued a warning saying that commercial fishing could be destroyed within 50 years. "It is not a science fiction scenario. It is within the lifetime of a child born today," said Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). In fact, according to his colleague, Dr Pavan Sukhdev, if current fishing practices continue the way they are today, maybe in 30 or 40 years down the line the planet might be out of fish. The UN's recommendation calls for up to 22 million jobs involved with fishing and up to 13 million boats removed from service. To read the full article please search online for UN official warns on fisheries losses

We are devastating God's Creation in spite of the many warnings issued by experts and the planet itself. If we call ourselves good stewards of God's Creation, then there is no room for us in supporting industries that cause environmental destruction, animal suffering and that promote human sickness.

6. This Week’s Video: Jonathan Safran Foer

Best-selling literary celebrity Jonathan Safran Foer talks about his new book "Eating Animals" in a 70-minute interview joined by former New York Times restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, who is the author of “Born Round: The Secret History of a Full Time Eater” at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, New York City.

To watch the video of the interview please visit http://www.booktv.org/Program/11160/Jonathan+Safran+Foer+
Eating+Animals+and+Frank+Bruni+Born+Round.aspx.

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