The cartoonist Walt Kelly created this iconic poster for the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. In my thinking, that was over two generations. Are we ready yet to decide to be good ancestors? Everybody get roudy now.
When our environment changes, we must change. This is not subject to preference, opinion or conviction. Change is rarely easy or pleasant, but it is the obligation of every society that expects to thrive or even survive.
The world's already-proven reserves of fossil fuels are five times the limit our children will live or die by. Burning carbon fuels is increasingly being seen as unethical, unsustainable and a threat to civilization. We cannot afford to burn these fuels to sustain the profits and stock values of oil, coal and gas companies.
Some insist that all natural resources are given by God to man to own, subdue, and have dominion over (Genesis 1:28). Further, they argue that man was given the physical and mental powers to accomplish this dominion. But, was God’s intent protective husbanding or exploitation and plunder?
It turns out that smart people of good will are actually starting to get a handle on the many issues of ecology and economics. Some scientists are focusing on barely-imaginable details. Other researchers are backing off far enough to get an overall picture of the entire forest of environmental and social issues.