There is many ways to live a Christ centered life. Some are easier than others, such as being a kind person. However, there are some responsibilities that we have as Christians that seem to be overlooked or thought to be unimportant. One of the jobs that we are shirking is the responsibility we have to the earth. We can all agree that the earth is one of the most precious and fragile gifts we have ever received from God. But what we all can’t seem to agree on is how we are to care of it.
A mindset that completely breaks my heart these days is that the earth is already dying, so what’s the point? The average American discards 7 ½ pounds of garbage a day that just piles up in landfills. That garbage isn’t going anywhere, everything you throw away carelessly becomes a problem for our children to have to figure out when it might be too late. The earth is dying, that is true.
God didn’t make it to last forever. However, the Bible also says that no one but Jesus knows the hour or day that he will return. So why are we expediting a process when we don’t know how far ahead the finish line is? God determines how long the planet will last, not us. In Genesis 1:26-27, God tells us that we are the stewards of the earth. A steward is someone who is put in charge of something, in this case the planet.
We are meant to serve it. Psalms 8:6-8 follows this idea as well, calling us to be responsible caretakers of the world as it is a most precious gift. If this is not enough for you, here are 5 more reasons why every single Christian should recycle:
1.) Recycling is not just about filling up precious miles of earth with trash that doesn’t decompose. It’s about destroying beautiful places that God created just for us. God had a plan for the earth and by this careless mindset we are exploiting it. For example, the Yellowstone National Park is an incredible place that millions of people flock to every year to experience nature in one of its most gorgeous forms.
The morning glory geyser is a tourist hot spot and once a deep blue in color. Yet, because we are selfish and thoughtless, the geyser has been destroyed and tinged yellow permanently from people throwing coins inside of it. This is just one example of something we have destroyed before our children were even able to experience it.
2.) Since the earth does have a predetermined timeline, we have a limited amount of clean air and water. Recycling reduces this in every sense of the word and these reductions will be lifesaving someday. Reducing the amount of trash in landfills cuts down on noxious gases emitted from slowly decomposing garbage.
Recycling products uses less energy and wood sources than creating something new, which impacts our clean air supply significantly. It takes 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic, imagine how much of that energy you are just simply throwing away. It’s more than trash, it is our childrens right to a clean world in their future.
3.) One of the negative comments I have heard about recycling is that people choosing to recycle instead of using landfills will put people of out of jobs. However, the opposite is actually true. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, green goods and services accounted for 3.1 million jobs.
Even more impressive, the Institute of Self Reliance found that for every 10,000 tons of trash going to landfills, only 1 job was created. However, for every 10,000 tons of trash recycled, 10 jobs or 75 material reuse jobs were created. Recycling is good for our economy!
4.) Decreasing the size of landfills protects important wildlife habitats that would have been destroyed to create more space. Creating a landfills is an expensive process that relies heavily on fossil fuels, which negatively effects our carbon footprint.
The result is climate change, most importantly higher temperatures that increase the temperature of our water. The higher temperatures in our oceans and ponds lowers the levels of oxygen in the water, killing the sea life that depend on it.By lowering our consumption we are saving millions of animal’s lives, and in the large scheme of things, our own. The water doesn’t just become lower in oxygen, constant exposure to chemicals makes it unsafe to drink.
5.) Living a more conscious life also impacts the way that you shop. When you buy products that aren’t recycled or organic, you are supporting the companies that are choosing to impact our environment in a negligent way. Buying organic is also a much kinder way to shop. We get a lot of our products from third world countries, which are not protected by laws concerning pesticides.
Even creating a T shirt in that kind of environment is allowing a family in another country to be exposed to harmful chemicals just so you can pay $2 less for a piece of clothing. By buying kind products you are choosing to let our children grow up in beauty. You are creating safe job awareness around the world and creating more jobs in our own country.