Just water.

Photo credit: Erik NessFreshwater can cause entire nations to celebrate or mourn; water can transform a desert overnight into a cacophonous shout of color and life; a steady stream of water can become the anchor of commerce and community for centuries.  Water isn’t just the rain that falls or the lakes, marshes and rivers that define our geographical regions; but the groundwater, the aquifers, the glaciers, and polar ice caps.  Water means life.

Freshwater, though a seemingly abundant resource for those of us in the Midwestern United States, is quite precious and rare.  Do you know how much of the world’s water is freshwater? Less than 4%! Of that tiny bit, over 65% is trapped in glaciers and snow caps.  That leaves only 0.76% of the world’s water available to humans in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. Think of the world’s total water (fresh and salty) as a gallon jug.  About ⅔  cup of it would be all the freshwater, but people can only drink, irrigate crops, and manufacture with ⅛ cup. Continue reading

What’s in a logo?

A new logo and a new look!

Care of Creation is 11 years old now, and we’ve been using the same logo for about the last 8 years, I think.

CCLogo_clear 2015 - mobilize the church

Before that, we didn’t really have a logo – hey, we were still trying to
figure out what this new organization was going to be. We’ve grown up a lot since then; logo and website fashions change, and we thought it was time for a new look…Main-Logo-Transparent

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Climate Change 101: It’s Really …

Climate Change is not just a scientific or political issue, but a moral and spiritual issue of love and justice touching core issues of faith and Christian life.  But here we will first look at the basic facts of climate change (also referred to as Global Warming, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Disruption and more, see NOTE below). In brief,  It’s Really Happening, Really Human Caused, Really Serious and We Can Still Really Do Something About It!

Climate Change: It’s Really Happening

Gases in the air allow energy from the sun to reach and warm the surface of the earth. Some of those gases block the heat energy of a warming surface from leaving the planet. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2) – a product of burning things – and methane – a fossil fuel and major byproduct of animal agriculture.

Lab tests, observing the planet, records from the past and many other types of evidence confirm that greenhouse gases allow light energy to pass through them to warm up a surface. They also confirm that those gases block heat energy from leaving. The heat energy that can’t leave builds up to increase temperatures.

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Daisies With Thorns: The Dark Side of the Cut Flower Industry

by guest author Stacey Nebel.

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Book of Common Prayer #41

Mexican Sunflower. Photo by and 2008 Derek Ramsey under GNU Free Documentation License
Mexican Sunflower. Photo by © 2008 Derek Ramsey under GNU Free Documentation License

What joy to behold such beauty as a flower!  It is no wonder the delicate aromas, variegated colors and textures that delight the senses have inspired so many poets, artists and thinkers.  The arrival of buds dawn the sweet relief of spring.  As blooms burst forth, creation once again sings in flowers.  During this season we as Christians share together in the joy of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!  Many churches that I have attended throughout my life have more extravagant displays of flowers than usual, commemorating the Paschal feast.   Continue reading

Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action: April 5th

Environmental problems are a spiritual struggle…that’s why we pray.

Everything we all need is provided by God’s creation–if we seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Join dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals around the globe praying for a unified response to climate change issues.  Even as Christianity is spreading and growing around the world, many still face increasing challenges to their livelihoods and health due to environmental degradation.

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The Butterfly Effect: Praise God!

There’s something about butterflies.
malachite butterfly
Malachite butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS

Madidi National Park, located in northern Bolivia, holds at least 1,500 species of butterfly.  That’s more butterfly diversity in a SINGLE PARK the size of New Jersey than in the entire United States and Canada, as Discovery News wrote on March 18th.

One thousand, five hundred “sky-flakes…flowers that fly and all but sing,” according to Robert Frost’s poem, Blue-Butterfly Day. Continue reading

A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation