April 22, 2009
Planet Earth: ‘I’m with stupid’
I drive a Honda Civic, never leave the lights on and use natural air conditioning (sweating out the warm days and then flushing in cool air at night). Earth Day bores me. I doubt it inspires many others, especially those needing it, to think and live in a more eco-friendly manner.
As they say, once this planet is gone, it’s gone for good. And yet many people are too busy picking their noses to pay attention to what is going on around them.
The religious components to this are numerous. Quite simply: We are stewards of what God has given. In this vein, Rabbi David Saperstein, the head of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and the newly crowned most-influential rabbi, released this statement:
One country that could really get this message—besides the obvious: China, India, the United States—is Israel, where the Jordan has become so polluted that Christians no longer get baptized in its water and the Yarkon River is so parasitic it kills. Mark Gold, president of L.A.-based Heal the Bay, gives the Jewish state some advice after visiting for the first time.
Money quote: “Success won’t come easily, but nothing ever does in Israel.”