Make use of land without destruction

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Tom Crow
Energy and Sustainability Services 

Since we are part of this thing called creation, we have some serious choices to make.  We can make careful use of the good things that we have been given access to, leaving them in as good as, or better condition than when we first received them.  Conversely, we can continue living without regard to the limits that exist, and without regard to the messes we leave behind.  This sounds kind of selfish to me.

As energy and sustainability professionals, we have the chance to influence some very positive outcomes .  By reducing energy usage, reducing the release of greenhouse gases and other pollutants caused by energy usage, reducing the impact of finding, obtaining and transporting fossil fuels, we reduce the “defiling” of the land.  By applying the principles of sustainability to our work and our lives, we can make use of the land without destroying it.  Throughout my life I, like most people, have wondered what my purpose is, and I have hoped that I would figure it out before it was too late.  I have come to the conclusion that the work that we have been called to do amounts to stewardship of creation.  Not a bad position to be in if we take our work seriously.

I will leave you with a link to a meditation of St. Francis, known as the Patron of environmental causes.  I have seen several translations, so look around to find one that you like.  Happy Easter and happy earth day.

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