In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a mound of trash looms. According to the LA Times, the mound is twice the size of Texas. People wonder where all the waste came from.
We need look no further than our own trash cans.
“Ours is such a wasteful generation,” President Gordon B. Hinckley said. “The disposal of garbage has become one of the great problems of our time.”
President Hinckley said this as early as 1990. But have we listened? Have we become less wasteful over the years? Elder Marcus B. Nash, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, said all humans are stewards over this earth.
According to the Guide to the Scriptures, a steward is “a person who takes care of the affairs or property of another.”
We were not given the Earth to do with it what we please. The earth belongs to the Lord, and we are charged with taking care of it.
Treating the Earth flippantly shows disrespect and ingratitude for him who created it for us. It shows an attitude of entitlement and a disregard for one of his creations. We should all be concerned about the environment of our Earth.
Many people who have been to Los Angeles lately can attest that the smog covering the city is unpleasant. The levels in that city aren’t even the worst; just take a look at Beijing, China. Half the time, its citizens are recommended to “limit outdoor exertion.”
If we’re not careful, that could be us. As a nation that thrives on sports, pollution should concern more of us.
I’m not saying we should shut down the oil wells, eliminate cars and adopt horses. I’m just saying we should be more conscious of what we do.
There are many easy ways to conserve and be more eco-friendly; most of them are economical too. For example, buying a reusable water bottle, bringing your own bags to go grocery shopping (Broulim’s gives a discount for every bag), and using metal (not plastic) silverware are all great ways to be a better friend to Mother Earth.
As members of the Church, we should be increasingly aware of our effect on the environment. Just because the Earth is full does not mean we need or should use all of it. For some reason, recycling isn’t seen as important. But reducing, reusing and recycling are important and are all principles of frugality.
Let us be a church that conserves and helps keep the Earth clean, for ourselves and for future generations. Let us waste less.