What we don't know is how long one of God's days are compared to the 24-hour version we currently use.
But we are rapidly destroying this beautiful creation that God designed for us. We have used and abused it in ways that aren't even fathomable if you start to look at the statistics*:
- The U.S.A. is 5% of the world's population, yet we generate 40% of the world's waste. Not a statistic to be proud of. 200 MILLION TONS per day.
- The average American generates 4.6 lbs of waste each day -- or a total of 1460 lbs a year. Yikes.
- Less than one fourth of our waste is recycled -- although 75% of it is recyclable!
As part of an experiment in our home, we started recycling. Our area unfortunately doesn't have a curbside recycling program, so instead, I bought sorting containers for our garage, and then we make regular trips to the recycling center to drop off items. What is amazing is that our containers always fill up quickly. Whereas we used to have 2-3 large garbage cans at the end of the driveway every week for pickup, we now only have one, and it isn't even full all the time. And honestly, we aren't even doing as much as we could be, we are doing the base level of it.
Need more ideas? How about a LIVE tree for Christmas, still in the pot,
ready to be planted in the Spring? Or possibly decorate an outdoor tree
with birdfeeders or nesting materials made into ornaments? Recycle by
donating items for others to use through Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army,
or ARC stores. And one of my favorites: Join a FREECYCLE group in
your area, encouraging recycling (and often items also go to those in need):
They may be simple little changes, but in the longrun, every bit helps. And just like doing good deeds becomes a contagious spirit, becoming environmentally conscious also becomes a habit and grows. Before you know it, they'll become second nature.
God gave us the earth to inhabit and "keep." So what do you do to help care for this incredible, beautiful, blessed gift from God?
(*Information from the EPA Fact Sheet at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm, the Annenberg Foundation's Garbage Exhibit at http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html, and a Fact Sheet for Girl Scouting at http://www.trefoilscouts.org/Reduce%20Reuse%20Recycle%20Answers.pdf. )