Nat­u­ral or­der is un­der at­tack

David Jones on our re­spon­si­bilty to pre­serve and care for our planet

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

AC­CORD­ING to a news re­port, space de­bris is still a ma­jor prob­lem.

It seems that there are thou­sands of ob­jects rang­ing for aban­doned space craft to hand tools such as ham­mers and span­ners which fell from the grasp of as­tro­nauts as they main­tained their space crafts trav­el­ling at high speed around the uni­verse. Es­ti­mates of 8,000 tonnes of this re­dun­dant ma­te­rial is now caus­ing con­cern as any col­li­sion by these ob­jects with live craft could have dis­as­trous re­sults.

Ac­tion plans to ‘sweep’ these ob­jects into safe ar­eas to dis­pose is well on its way. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to think there are al­ready some space crafts which act like gi­ant vac­uum clean­ers draw­ing them to safety! Space pol­lu­tion can eas­ily equate with the in­creas­ing threat of global warm­ing.

Pres­i­dent Trump has all but dis­missed the whole ques­tion of in­creas­ing air pol­lu­tion de­spite the in­creas­ing hur­ri­canes and re­cur­ring Cal­i­for­nian fires which have alarm bells ring­ing among Amer­i­can sci­en­tists.

A UK re­port this week gives an ur­gent warn­ing that if we do not change our ways the con­se­quences will be se­ri­ous for those who fol­low us. Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will then bear the brunt of our in­ac­tion with in­creas­ing sea lev­els and higher sum­mer tem­per­a­tures. Mr Trump’s view that cli­matic change is be­yond any­thing we can con­trol is both wor­ry­ing and flies in the face of most ex­perts in the field.

The ma­jor­ity of ex­perts agree that our dis­re­gard for the good of the en­vi­ron­ment is caus­ing great dam­age. In­creased emis­sions are de­stroy­ing nat­u­ral de­fences and we hear again and again of melt­ing glaciers and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing air qual­ity. The nat­u­ral or­der is un­der at­tack through the ex­cesses of our life­styles and there seems to be lit­tle ap­petite to deal with these con­cerns which are in­creas­ing year by year.

We do then have a re­spon­si­bil­ity in en­sur­ing that we pre­serve and care for this planet Earth.

‘In the be­gin­ning God cre­ated the heav­ens and the earth’. The Bi­ble be­gins with the story of cre­ation and God call­ing us to be ‘stew­ards’ for the time we are here.

This means we are re­spon­si­ble both col­lec­tively and in­di­vid­u­ally to be as the Bi­ble says ‘good stew­ards’ of his cre­ation be that on land, sea, air and now to the outer lim­its of space it­self.

In this lies our com­mit­ment to mod­ify our life­styles to en­sure that we leave for gen­er­a­tions to come the beau­ti­ful and won­der­ful world which God has given to our care.

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