Environmental problems are a spiritual struggle…that’s why we pray.
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“What role does faith play in you discovering and living your purpose?” Last year I met Sterling Lynk, strategist and coach, at the Madison Non-Profit Day conference. He chose to interview me about that question and the particulars of my story of faith, purpose and work at Care of Creation.
In his article at www.mightypurpose.me, Sterling introduces the topic before sharing both an invitation to Care of Creation’s April 18th Tenth Anniversary Celebration and his interview with me. A partial excerpt follows:
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.
I moved from a rural farming town to the “big city” to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, and I’ve lived in Madison ever since. I felt that I’ve always fit in here, and I’m proud when I tell people where I live–after all, Madison and her suburbs consistently receive recognition in contests of “Best Place to Live, Raise a Family, #1 City to Live in 2015,” and that’s pretty cool. According to some sources, we are also the #1 Greenest City in America! Recently, I became aware of information that pretty much shatters my paradigm that Madison is a near-perfect place. The 2013 Race to Equity report, undertaken to promote greater public awareness of racial disparity in Dane County Continue reading →
When winter turns to spring,
When the colors start to reappear, When the snow has melted and the ground can once again see the sun,When the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful, And sunshine pours in a little earlier each day, I find joy in the process of renewal.
The fattening buds on the eager branches, Finally waking from their winter nap, Silently preparing, To spring.
Spring is a time of restoration,
A time to renew and refresh.
And so it is in our lives,
We are called to be made new,
And we thrive through this renewal,
Shaking off the deadened pieces of our past,
And walking forward as new beings in Christ.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be renewed in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
As you can imagine, my job has me reading a lot of disturbing reports about all aspects of the environmental crisis. Though I do my best to keep things upbeat here on Our Father’s World and in my presentations, sometimes a story will sneak up and grab me from behind.
Like this one:
In Canada, scientists said Atlantic cod in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are becoming skinny because they are having more trouble finding reliable sources of small prey like capelin. In Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, striped bass are turning up emaciated because of shrinking supplies of herring and anchovies. Continue reading →
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