The Earth’s Sustainability
Today it seems as if a lot of people are becoming more aware of the condition of how over the years the earth has become affected by the misuse of our resources. In Hosea 4:2 and 3 we read the same thing, “By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”
In response to the current environmental conditions some people are changing the way they eat. The term going green has become more familiar with people and businesses. This is understood as sustainable living. “Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the earth's natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.” (1)
One aspect of our resources as far as food production is concerned is water management. “About 70 percent of freshwater around the globe goes toward irrigation. Researchers from the University College London and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies now say that a third of that freshwater is drawn from the world’s aquifers—nonrenewable underground pockets of groundwater—and 11 percent of that nonrenewable groundwater is used to irrigate internationally-traded crops. That means in time, “the current type of food that’s grown will not be able to be produced,” said Carole Dalin, an environmental engineer at the University College London who led the study published in Nature. “Or we’ll not have the same productivity, so it means prices will increase.” (2) The possibility of becoming more efficient on water usage and preservation must be practiced to make a difference on the current trend of freshwater consumption.
The Lord tells us that the “land shall mourn” because we are not in harmony with the laws God established. In addition to the number of resources being misused is increasing even as the population increases. “Global populations are expected to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050, doubling the demand for food, fuel and fiber production and placing unprecedented stress on the health and viability of soils.” (4)
So the depletion of the soil is also a result of the misuse of the resources given to us by the Lord. What has been the response on behalf of some individuals. “Organic agriculture is widely accepted to be better for the environment than conventional agriculture, reducing harmful chemical inputs and encouraging biodiversity, and rightly so. As such, the term “organic agriculture” is often used synonymously with ‘sustainable agriculture.” (3)
Can sustainable living or sustainable agriculture be the answer to the problem we have and preserve the earth? Can a lifestyle change produce a change in character? Although a preservation of water usage and organic methods to increase soil viability are beneficial this will not be the answer to the growing global problem. The root of the problem must be addressed and the Lord reveals the root cause, “swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery” and so confession of sin must be made along with a change in the character and lifestyle.