Sunday, September 2, 2007

Pope Calls for Environmental Wake-up

According to this BBC report, today is "Save Creation Day." Pope Benedict joined about 300,000 young Roman Catholics for an eco-friendly festival. "Before it's too late, we need to make courageous choices that will recreate a strong alliance between man and Earth," he said. He is installing solar panels on the roof of the main audience hall at the Vatican and is paying for a forestry project to offset the Vatican's carbon emissions.

Well, well. How about that? I don't believe I've heard too many Baptist or Methodist leaders or fundamentalist church leaders talking about 'saving creation.' I wonder if, at that specious 'Creation Museum' in rural Kentucky, there is information on how to save creation.

Of course, so many 'religious' folks are interested in making money, that they don't want to step on the toes of big business here in America. Note the Bush tax breaks for the rich and his diminution of government controls on pollution and public land grabs for businessmen. Naturally, big oil, big coal and big gas have been doing very well under the Bush/Cheney administration. Government deregulation of the electric industry as well as pollution breaks have allowed this giant industry to spoil our nation from one coast to the other.

Good for the Pope. Too bad that he doesn't have the power to immediately impact the world. Yet, he has planted a seed in the minds of many youths all over the world. Let's hope that the seed grows and is not trotted-on by greedy folks who love their money.

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