One UW-Madison grad student was not just driven buggy by the climate change crisis, she was driven to bugs for a solution. My interview with Valerie Stull about her and Rachel Bergmann’s mighty MIGHTi project (Mission to Improve Global Health Through Insects)aired on WORT-FM March 17, 2015. Their unconventional idea brings a small solution – insects – to help with two big problems: hunger and climate change. As Stull explains, meal worms provide a highly efficient source of edible protein requiring 1/5th the feed per pound than beef. Additionally, meal worms produce none of the potent green house gas methane that beef cattle does. Listen here (about 4 minutes).
How does raising meal worms and other insects equal a “win-win-win?” In their own words,
“Insects can feed people, serve as an inexpensive feed source for poultry as well as fish, and are relatively easy to raise. Farming insects is also climate smart, as they require less energy to produce and emit fewer greenhouse gases than other livestock. They can even recycle agricultural waste products, not edible for people. In areas where food is not always available and protein sources are scarce, insect farming offers an inexpensive, environmentally friendly option. (1)“
What creative problem-solving! UW Madison’s Climate Quest competition awarded Stull and Bergmann top prize for their project’s creative potential to impact climate change in 2015. It may even have more potential than those of us acculturated in the industrialized west may give it credit for.
Why should we care about creation? Why should we care about the poor? I suspect you can think of many reasons on your own. I want to stimulate your thinking with some reasons by Bob Luptonof FCS Ministries. Over many years I have admired him from afar for his writings inspired by deep work with the poor in urban Atlanta. He agreed to let me share his blog post, “The Poor Are Always With You” below. Bob makes a wonderfully faithful case that God calls us to care for the poor not in the spiritual or the abstract but in the physical and the concrete, not as disembodied souls but as bodies in creation.
As you read, I invite you to reflect further on the intertwining nature of these concerns. I hope you come to appreciate that each encourages the other. If we care about and for the poor as God invites, we will want to care about and for creation. If we care about and for creation, we will want to care about and for the poor. And just as there will always be a place for compassion, generosity and thoughtfulness towards the poor, there will also be such a place for those attitudes towards creation. Continue reading →
At this Christmastime, what hero’s journey are you on? To embark on a classic hero’s journey, one needs to recieve and respond to a call that challenges us to move out of our normal lives – to leave convention and risk transformation. (1)
So let us pause to reflect on a story filled with heroes’ journeys, the Christmas story. This narrative has come to be iconically represented by the nativity scene. Unfortunately repeated exposure to that traditional image through front yard decorations, table-top sets, holiday cards and Christmas pageants too easily transforms a dynamic adventure into a boring collection of misleading clichés. The traditional nativity scene presents a static tableau. It poses Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus, bracketed by ox, ass and lamb, framed by wooden stable, faced by shepherds and wise men, overseen by suspended angel and unmoving star. Frozen and immobile, this scene, this still-frame from Continue reading →
We live in an age that stumbles and staggers over disruption after disruption. Each year, month, week, day, hour, even minute something new interrupts the normal progress or activity of life and society. Droughts prevent farmers in California from planting and harvesting. New ride services like Uber and Lyft prevent cab companies from getting all the customers they used to in cities large and small. An Ebola epidemic prevents traditional rhythms of embrace and connection in West African communities. A six foot November snowfall prevents travel and commerce in Buffalo, NY.
What does this mean? Will we sustain, that is endure or survive, disruption or will we disrupt sustainability and see disruption keep us from surviving and thriving? How should we deal with disruptions? Should we, can we, hope to prevent them? Ignore them? Eliminate them? Control them? Reduce Continue reading →
It happened in a narrow opening of time, an eye of the storm between flying in to Reagan International Airport the day before and sitting down for the first Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2014 Conference session that Sunday, June 22 afternoon. I took a morning stroll to find some
spiritual grounding within the architectural and liturgical beauty of the renowned Washington National Cathedral. Strikingly, I found it most profoundly not in the 11 am worship service on the spacious main floor. I found it more in the 1 pm docent led tour discussing the stained glass “Space Window”.
The docent explained the Space Window had been dedicated in 1974 on the fifth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In it was sealed a seven gram rock sample from the Sea of Tranquility presented by Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon,
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Care of Creation’s Kermit Hovey, Director of Operations and Development, weighs in with his first monthly blog post to Our Father’s World.
What is Care of Creation?
It is many things – attitude, activity, vision, mission, method, lifestyle and more. For me it is especially a fresh call, a poetic understanding and a hopeful dream. It is also a small faith-based Christian environmental action outreach mission & ministry with a global reach headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin (www.CareOfCreation.org). Somehow, it is all those things at once.
My Fresh Call to Care of Creation
I can’t remember when I have not felt an essential general call to know, follow, obey and honor God. More specifically, in and through the words of my step-grandfather to me as a young kid, I received, promptly put aside yet never totally abandoned a call to pastoral ministry. As I walked my faith out through adolescence to the brink of college I chose to attempt to do it all. As an adult with an Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s degree I volunteered in church for various pastoral, leadership and caring roles while I worked professionally in Continue reading →
A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation