April 22, 2015

Earth Day Reflections

From the April 21 issue of The Wall Street Journal comes these thoughts from "Main Street" columnist William McGurn:

This Wednesday we mark Earth Day.  A week from now, the Vatican will add its own contribution to what Pope Francis calls "human ecology" in the form of a summit called "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity."

... the topic is ripe for precisely the kind of corrective a pope has to offer: a reminder that God's creation is meant to serve man - not man the environment.  And its corollary: It is the have-nots who pay the highest price for the statist interventions so beloved of the Church of St. Green.

The Judeo-Christian view takes its lead from Genesis 2:15: "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."  Plainly this imposes on mankind an obligation of stewardship. And yes, we can all think of people and regions that have suffered because someone exploited an area for private gain while dumping all the costs on the public.

Still, the first part of that Genesis passage means something too: that the earth is to be worked, and that this work and the fruit it bears are also blessed.   read more