Spiritually Speaking | Save our planet

Written by By Sister Mary Thill. Posted in April

Today in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?”

She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”

I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”

“Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.—Anonymous


Did you hear about the seven new planets the astronomers have found several million light years away from us? They even think that at least one of them may support life similar to ours. I’m sure you’ve read about or seen movies about the future where such planets and unique life forms live and interact with one another. I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction and am happy to have lived to see some of this “fiction” come to fruition.

I remember Dick Tracy wearing a watch-like thing on his wrist that he could talk into and see the person he was talking to. Who would have imagined what our cell phones and watches can do today? I remember movies taking place on the moon with alien creatures fighting off their invaders. Star Wars just seems to be more and more a possibility than ever before. Of course I’ll be pushing up daisies long before the huge space stations and interplanetary travel and wars take place, but it does seem possible to me at least in my imagination and dreams.

But for now and the next several centuries, and perhaps millennia, we need to work at keeping this wonderful planet called Earth, our home, in as good a shape as possible so our children have a place to keep all their stuff and we can all enjoy the benefits of clean air, water, plants and animals. I know that there are folks out there, some of them pretty influential, who don’t believe in global warming or the need to do something now for the survival of our planet, but that doesn’t mean that I should give up what I believe to be an important need in these troubled and changing times.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day. Did you know that as far back as 1987 the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development called for a new charter that would set forth fundamental principles for sustainable development?

The final version of the Earth Charter was approved in Paris in March of 2000. It contains four basic principles covering many areas of importance for sustaining our planet: 1) Respect and care for the community of life; 2) Ecological integrity; 3) Social and economic justice; and 4) Democracy, nonviolence, and peace. I would highly encourage you to check out their website: www.earthcharter.org and read the document yourself. It would be a wonderful resource for any group of interested citizens to use as a guide for projects that would be designed to save our planet even at the most fundamental level, such as recycling our waste products.

If the 8-year-olds of our day will have a planet to keep their stuff on, it is up to us, the grandparents, the adults, the teenagers, and the children to act now to assure one another that this beautiful planet will be a healthy place to live for many years to come. I hope and pray that this new spring season helps us to appreciate the beauty and awesomeness of our planet so we will want to preserve it as our legacy. Happy spring and happy Easter! Alleluia!❦