Ok, I’ll be upfront. The title is probably a little bit misleading. It is in reference to a little bit of trivia I read earlier this morning which cites a TIME magazine article published back in May, 1970 (the month after the first Earth Day was celebrated) which suggests that the fact that Earth Day happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s birthday was not a coincidence. The article quotes the Daughters of the American Revolution making this shocking accusation against the organizers of the first Earth Day, “Subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.”
Despite the possibility of Earth Day being a secret communist plot to improve the health of our children, I thought I would post a few links commemorating the occasion.
The first link I want to post is where the “Scriptural Mandate” part of the title comes from. And, while there is no Scriptural mandate to celebrate Earth Day, the resources on the other end of this link contend that Scripture does mandate a reverence and concern for the Earth.
The next link is to a reflection by Brian McClaren (approriate to our recent discussion of the emergent church) which is published on the website of Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation (sorry Quickbeam). It’s a thought provoking piece about the Gospel, the environment, and the Economic Crisis.
I give you the next link in a begrudged (and failed) effort at impartiality. So here is a link to an encouraging (and completely impartial) FOX NEWS report suggesting that there’s no need to worry about the Antarctic melting. It turns out that the whole climate change thing is just another one of those communist conspiracies to force us to live in a healthier planet.
And finally, a thought provoking piece from the NY Times about meat, and its connections to the environment and global poverty. Read only if you are already considering either becoming a vegetarian or significantly reducing your meat consumption, or if you intend to stay a glutinous meat-eater who is also a glutton for self-loathing.
Happy Earth Day, Comrades!