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March 7, 2006

Caring for Creation

Dustin Ford on October 9, 2007 11:02 AM EST writes:
A Rocha USA

If anyone is interested in Matthew Sleeth's work, he is now president of A Rocha USA, an environmental organization. You can check us out at en.arocha.org/usa
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Betty Ann on September 3, 2006 02:32 PM EST writes:
Caring for Creation

I must agree with Pam. The evangelical Christians do have the ear of the president. They can change the direction our country is going. Environmental concerns are everyone's problem, but making changes in what we require of businesses could take us a giant step forward. Meanwhile we should all continue our individual efforts. It is interesting to discover that those businesses that have gone "green" are reporting increased profits. See ABC news website.
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Betty Ann on September 3, 2006 02:27 PM EST writes:
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ACT I on March 15, 2006 09:44 AM EST writes:
Sleeth is correct in writing that "We must change our ways of living . . . ." But a distinction needs to be made between lifestyle changes and way of life changes. "Lifestyle" is an individualistic concept; "way of life" a societal one. The sorts of changes that Sleeth lists are lifestyle ones, whereas what's really needed is a change in our ways of life--which means that we need societal system change (here and elsewhere).
Indeed, if one accepts (as I do) the thesis (presented in such books as The Paleolithic Prescription and Evolving Health) that most of our problems are a consequence of our "discrepant" way of life, one has even more reason to work for societal system change. During the 19th century the possibility of societal system change was given a great deal of attention (e.g., in "utopian" novels); now is the time to recover that interest, and begin working for such change. If we don't, our species (along with others) may become extinct before the century is over.
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pam on March 7, 2006 09:57 PM EST writes:
Pitching in

Thanks for the update on this Initiative -- but I hope this group plans on doing more than promising to use compact fluorescent lightbulbs and driving less! They are in a unique position to influence the President, who can make more difference in one day than we all can make in a year -- by setting the cafe standards higher, codifying national renewable energy standards, and keeping our national forests whole, for example.

The 50 simple things have been laid out before all of us, and I applaud this group for their commitment to do their part as individuals. As Mr Sleeth points out himself, however, time is short. Even if we all make our own individual contributions, we're still out-consuming everyone else on the planet, because our choices are limited by bad and nonexistent national policy.
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