We can all be more responsible about our environment

Submitted by Ed Morrow
Posted 10/10/19

Dear Editor:

There are some who gladly express their opinions and quote so-called experts about climate change.  Are they not entitled to their opinions?

I surely believe that everyone …

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We can all be more responsible about our environment

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Dear Editor:

There are some who gladly express their opinions and quote so-called experts about climate change.  Are they not entitled to their opinions?

I surely believe that everyone should have the right to freely express themselves and engage in civil discussion about this subject of climate change.

Nevertheless, please allow me to offer what I believe about climate change. I believe we can all do better by simply striving to be action-oriented stewards who sincerely care about our surroundings on this beautiful, God-created Earth.

Imagine how remarkable it would be if every citizen of this world felt connected with and responsible for our sacred planet.

Is it possible that, in our efforts to improve our standard of living, we might have to admit to ourselves and honestly say that maybe we all could do more to improve our stewardship of our communities?

Based on some articles I have read and some fundamental standards to which I have personally tried to live, I believe there are some activities that, if adopted, could make a huge difference.

Here are some suggestions given by Steven E. Snow during an Oct. 10, 2018, environmental stewardship symposium at Utah State University:

1. Follow suggestions (from utility companies or conservation organizations) that help us conserve energy.

2. Do what we can to recycle and reuse our resources.

3. Grow a garden and support community gardens.

4. Support civic organizations that promote conservation.

5. Show interest and get involved in government by being concerned, active citizens.

6. Be respectful about how we all use our natural resources by not being wasteful or careless.

7. Adopt a “low impact” set of habits and try not to trample or senselessly destroy the beautiful plants and wildlife around us.

8. Strive more to beautify and clean up where we reside (even if we are a renter). And keep our churches, recreation areas and other places like parks in your community clean as well.

9. And, by all means, take time to enjoy God’s creations. We have so much beauty all around us.

The author also says, “... Our generation, more than any other, has the ability to irretrievably change the land. Financial rewards provide tremendous pressure to unleash our technology to reinvent our surroundings. There will be growth; change will come. But failure to care for the land on which we live means turning our backs on the heritage laid down carefully and at such great cost by our forefathers — and will leave us immeasurably poorer ...”

So I hope, even if we disagree about the merits of climate change as a position, we can all pitch in and be more responsible about our beautiful environment. We all have so much to gain from making more of an effort as members of our community and the world.

Ed Morrow

Powell

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