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Be a Hero for God’s Creation!
June 11, 2012

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

  1. Ecocide
  2. Famous Quote: Edward Osborne Wilson (1929 to present), American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, conservationist and author.
  3. Eating Less Meat Is the World's Best Chance For Timely Climate Change, Say Experts
  4. Bible verse: Hebrews 13:3
  5. We Could Be Heroes
  6. This Week’s Video: Jonathan Foley, The Other Inconvenient Truth

1. Ecocide
 
Ecocide is defined as the extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished. Polly Higgins, lawyer and environmental activist believes that ecocide should be treated as a war crime.

Please visit Ecocide should be treated like a war, O.K. lawyer says:
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1154389--ecocide-should-be-treated-like-a-war-crime-u-k-lawyer-says
 
Indeed, the destruction of ecosystems invariably affects us all, especially the generations to come. Being mindful about our choices is essential in order to live a life aligned to our faith, values and beliefs. And undoubtedly, the choice of diet is of paramount importance. Plant-based diets are the only sustainable way to feed everyone while living in communion on Earth. 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
 
- Edward Osborne Wilson (1929 to present), American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, conservationist and author. 


3. Eat Less Meat to Save the Planet
 
More and more evidence points to the probably most effective solution to curb global warming: eating less or no meat. As the article points out, farmed animals are human inventions, just like cars, in the sense that every molecule of CO2 they produce adds to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that were not there before pre-industrial times. Adding to the problem is that the increasing demand for animal products also increases the demand for oil thus raising the price of it. 

Please visit http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
 
We are at a critical point were the environment might not be able to buffer so much irresponsibility and carelessness on humanity’s part. We live on Earth… our only home… there’s really not a plan B. Doesn’t it makes sense then to keep the planet clean, healthy and harmonious? A plant-based diet is a key piece that enables us to do just that.   


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Hebrews 13:3
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.”
 
Farmed animals are our prisoners. They cannot escape suffering and death in our hands. They are ill-treated on a daily bases, unable to even express their most basic God-given instincts and drives. When they suffer, we suffer. We reap what we sow.  


5. As Simple As Eating Less Meat
 
Once again, Mark Bittman does a fantastic job at explaining why most of the environmental problems plaguing our world can be solved by something as easy as eating less meat. He rightly points out that animal agriculture is the driving force behind global warming, hunger, deforestation, soil degradation and pollution.

Please visit We Could Be Heroes:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/we-could-be-heroes/?smid=tw-bittman&seid=auto&goback=.gde_1065857_member_115773309
 
What a privilege it is to be stewards of God’s Creation! We can easily be agents of change, healing and restoration by adopting a plant-based diet. The answer to most of the human problems is simple: to reflect God’s love onto all Creation.


6. This Week’s Video
 
In this TED talk Jonathan Foley shows how agriculture and land use are devastating to the environment. He also warns the challenge of feeding 9 billion people in the not so far future. Please visit Jonathan Foley, The Other Inconvenient Truth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFTdfeOfc1U


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