I wake up every morning thinking about how to solve major environmental challenges in my country Ghana and beyond. Sadly, human activities negatively affect the natural environment yet little or no effort is put in place to curb the challenge. The question I always ask my self is, who is responsible to maintain and protect the natural environment?
The answer to this fundamental question landed me in the book of Genesis. According to the bible, God in his own wisdom created everything on the environment before creating human beings. After he created man, he ordered man to take control over all creatures in the garden of Eden and to also name them. Humans depend on the natural environment, that is why God created human beings last in order for him to interact with the environment. This clearly indicate that, a great responsibility to protect the natural environment has been bestowed on human beings right from the terminus a quo of human existence.
I often reflect on the saying; “when the last tree dies the last man dies”. This lends credence to the fact that humans cannot survive without the environment. We obtain materials and energy from the environment, in appreciation, man inflicts burden on the natural environment through quotidie activities.
One central question in environmental ethics is whether to think about the issues such as over population, depletion of resources and pollution, in terms of its effects on human beings or in terms of changes to the environment itself or both. For example, pollution can undermine the quality of life and even human beings, but also has many effects on other species. Carbon emissions through human activities appear to be an important cause of global warming, which is affecting almost everything on the planet one way or the other.
Humans use the environment wrongly, the fact that a particular plant or animal is of no use to you doesn’t mean it is of no use to the natural environment, they also have the right to exist and therefore we must treat them like we treat ourselves.
With the rise in the number of environmental problems that the world is experiencing today, there is no doubt that there is the need for the principle of environmental stewardship to be fanned into flames among Christians or Religious leaders through the ministry and influence of Religious leaders. Religious leaders have been placed by God in strategic position of leadership and influence in their various ministries and they can use this to move people towards God’s environmental agenda by their teachings, motivations and exemplary actions.
It is your duty, my duty, our duty to maintain and protect the natural environment.
Together we can make the environment sustainable.
Written by: Adam Alale Moses
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