Caring for Earth
Earth is the home to the human race. It keeps us alive but now it is being destroyed by the human race. Environmentalists are protesting because they want to survive and want a better, greener future. 88% of the planet is religious and 79% of it is against the damage on earth we are causing and they all have their own reasons. Christians, Jewish and Hindus make up 70% of world religion and they want to care for the Earth.
Christians and Jews want to care for the planet because they believe that this is GOD’s creation so we should not harm it. They also believe in Stewardship. Stewardship means that they must take care of the planet and the things on it as they are GOD’s stewards. They must respect it and make it last for future generations. This is why Jews and Christians are appalled with the fact that the human race is fuelling a major disaster and not caring about it. This is hinted in the Ten Commandments and also it is mentioned in the Bible and the Torah. They believe that GOD created the world so if we as humans destroy the planet we destroy GOD’s creations which he did not make us responsible for. Christians and Jews believe GOD created us in his own image so we need to be responsible and take care of the world. This is shown in the quote from the Bible; Deuteronomy 22:6 “"If you happen to find a bird's nest in a tree or on the ground, and there are young ones or eggs in it with the mother sitting in the nest, does not take the mother with the young.” Christians and Jews believe that they cannot do this as we are hurting GOD’s creations so we are hurting him. Christians and Jews also say that we are allowed to use the resources that GOD gave us as we are more superior to animals because we are in GOD’s image. So we can eat meat and experiment on animals as we are using them for our own advancements which are allowed as GOD wanted us to survive while using the animals as resources. Christians and Jews will think that they can do anything they want as they are the rulers of the planet because GOD made them in charge but extreme orthodox Christians and Jews say it’s wrong to abuse power because “ With power comes responsibility”. This is why they believe that caring for the Earth is a good thing and why it will help the human race.
Hindus also believe in stewardship but more importantly they believe animals, nature are equal to humans so by harming them we are directly harming Brahman .This is one of the reasons why Mahatma Gandhi asks permission to GOD before he walks out in to the street and brushes the path before him. Hindus’ feel disgusted when they see humans being selfish and careless and being wasteful but not realising how this is killing animals and plants which is harming the planet. Hindus would care for the world because they believe that GOD (Brahman) created them in his own image while creating the world and in the end he gave us the responsibility to look after the planet to make it last forever or until Lord Vishnu decides it time for Lord Shiva to destroy it. The Hindus also believe in things like Ahimsa, this is the idea of non-violence and harming no soul without a good reason. They also believe in Dharma, this means duties and one of the duties is to care for the planet. Reincarnation is another concept the Hindus believe in, so if they do wrong now the Karma will punish them and then they will get punished in their next life. Hindus also believe in Brahman (the Supreme Being). They believe that Brahman created all living things so harming them will be harming the Brahman. An example of this would be the Chipko Movement in 1970’s. This was when people started hugging trees to prevent them from cut as they knew they were important. Quotes like this show “Everyone rests on me as pearls are strung on a thread. I am the original fragrance of the Earth. I am the taste in water. I am the heat in fire and sound in space. I am the light of the sun and moon and the life of all that live [Bhagvad Gita 7.7-9].” This shows that GOD is everywhere and by harming the planet we harm him. Hindus also believe that we are equal to animals so we cannot eat meant so we remain vegetarians. Mahatma Gandhi said that humans are imperfect because they have to eat plants to survive so technically we harm living things. Hindus will want to care for the planet.