Environmental Justice

By: Joanne Angbazo
January 20, 2012

Joanne Angbazo

In the book of Genesis, we find that “God created the heavens and the earth (verse 1)… then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it (verse 28).” We see here that the earth we live in is a blessing given to us by the Lord and, according to the Church and God Himself, we are responsible to govern it for its well-being. Of course, why should we destroy a gift we have been given? Like anything we find valuable, we should use reason to make sure it lasts for our sake and in respect to Him who provided it for us. God created this earth and all that is in it for his people to sustain and enjoy it together.

Unfortunately, thus far we have not taken that great care of our environment. It is great to see that many people are starting to realize this and are taking measures to become “eco-friendly.” However, in a society driven by media and capitalism, I fear being eco-friendly may result to being a timely fad that will soon fade as the next big consumer-driven social movement takes its place. It is important to inform ourselves that the real reason for environmental justice is for the glory of God in the gift that he has provided us to sustain and enjoy—not because Leonardo Dicaprio drives a hybrid car.
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