by Territorial Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Capt. Melanie-Anne Holland
The reality is that our earth is in crisis – we are participants in a time when environmental degradation, species extinction, soil depletion, climate change and pollution are pushing ecological systems to a point from which they may never recover. Against the scale of this issue, our own choices and actions may seem tiny and tokenistic. What difference can I make? Will it be enough?
April 22 is Earth Day – a day of observance around the world. Beginning in 1970, this day has become a marshaling point for people of all walks of life to challenge the decay and seek real solutions to the environmental degradation we see. More than 1 billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day activities this year.
Let that sink in…1 billion people! Surely we can make a difference by adding our voices and actions together.
The theme for 2016 is “Let’s get planting” – a call for all citizens to plant trees; 7.8 billion trees, in fact. We all know that trees are fantastic – giving us clean air, combatting climate change and providing communities with food, energy and income. There is a Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today”.
What we may not have considered is that planting trees is a sacred activity. Psalm 104:16 makes reference to God planting the extensive cedar forests of Lebanon and watering them as part of his creative activity in the world, revealing His splendor. As the people of God, we can be part of God’s redemptive activity, “renewing the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30), through tree planting and bush regeneration activities.
Is it something you can do? ….Let’s get planting!
For more information and a list of registered Earth Day activities, please check www.earthday.org.