Whales, spray cans and chickens: Sometimes we do things right!

The environmental movement has been criticized at times for being too negative and ‘alarmist’.   Now, you have to be fair to those of us who study these things closely. There is usually little to be positive about and plenty of things to be frightened of. I could tell you things that I seldom mention in a public lecture, things that never make the news but that would keep you up most nights and make your skin crawl (especially if you are raising a family right now). If there really is a fire in the theater, being an “alarmist” is an obligation, not a crime.

On the other hand, I will confess that it is tempting at times to spend so much time looking at the crisis that we can ignore legitimate good news. So, at least for today, let’s set the bad news aside, and review three legitimate “good news” stories: Continue reading

Naming again all the animals

Originally published August 31st, 2011.  Is it a woodchuck, or a groundhog?

Guest blog: by Lowell Bliss

As part of our summer vacation this year, we found ourselves at Canada’s Wonderland, a colossal amusement park near Toronto.  My teenage son has discovered roller coasters as a passion, and so we strapped ourselves into the Behemoth, riding up to a height of 230 feet and then plunging down at 77 mph.  The Behemoth cost $26 million to build.  But all day it was like that: we were surrounded by acres of ingenious and costly technologies engineered with the sole purpose to amuse and thrill.

As my old body began to wane in the late afternoon, I plopped down on a park bench and waited out my kids who were on another ride.   A young teenage girl was standing nearby.  Suddenly, I heard her utter a short squeak and I felt something rustling on the ground between my ankles.  I looked down.  A chubby woodchuck wandered out from under my bench.  Behind us was a small wooded lot between paths in the amusement park.  A little stream flowed into a pool there and it was hard to tell whether this patch of nature among the tarmac was original or manufactured.  Nonetheless, it was apparently where the woodchuck lived.  I suspect it was “suppertime,” if that’s what you can call his daily allotment of popcorn and funnel cake. Continue reading

Reviving a Sense of Wonder

The first of Andrea Ebley’s monthly posts on the blog.  

IMG_3877wonder n : rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience

Children embody the definition of wonder, a sense that inspires curiosity and investigation, and fosters delight. How often do you see a child running to catch falling leaves or jumping from curb to puddle, completely absorbed in his actions and oblivious to all else? How often do you see a full-grown adult doing those same things? Continue reading

A Tale of Two Speeches , Two Video Clips, and Two Missions

Lowell Bliss’ monthly post.

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Tuesday, September 23 was an important day that featured a significant speech by President Obama. Ban Ki-moon had scheduled a one day U.N. Climate Summit as a way to invigorate stalled international negotiations on the reduction of carbon emissions and the expansion of adaptation efforts. President Obama was one of 120 government leaders to attend. Like the other heads of state, he was given a few minutes to address the gathering and by extension, the peoples of the world. Upwards to 400,000 of those people—including many evangelical Christians—had participated in the People’s Climate March two days earlier on the streets of New York City. What answer would Obama and the other world leaders give them?  Continue reading

Christian Camping and Creation Care – a formula for success!

Originally posted September 27th, 2011.  I (Brittany) am now a UW-Madison graduate and a full-time staff member at Care of Creation.

This summer Brittany Ederer, a student at UW-Madison, served as an intern in the Care of Creation office in Madison.  Based on her interest in camping, education nature and environment, we assigned her to start a survey project of Christian camps in Wisconsin, the upper Midwest and then throughout the country.  Are there Christian camps who are actively promoting creation care as part of their camp program?  Are they using creation care principles in caring for their properties?  This blog post is a preliminary report on a visit to one camp not far from Madison.  It turns out one of the best examples of creation care at camp is right in our own back yard.  We’re looking forward to a complete report from Brittany later on, but in the meantime, enjoy her thoughts on what’s going on at Timber-lee

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What is Care of Creation? A Personal Reflection…

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, people-holding-hands-around-the-world-mdmission, 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