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Green Technology…A Moral and Spiritual Imperative

 We are all aware of the statistics of how the western cultures consume a large disproportionate percentage of the world’s resources.   It could even be described as gluttonous.   The rest of the world, because of the communications technology, have become more and more aware of the injustice caused by the lifestyle of the western nations, particularly the United States (US).  In many ways they emulate the life style that they perceive we enjoy. Even the poorest of our citizens are much better off than a very large portion of the world’s population.   While the rest of the world may wish for such a life style they also see the devastation that is being perpetrated on the planet.

 The life style of the US has been built over the last 60 or so years on readily available cheap energy.  In recent years it has become evident that the readily available cheap energy is not assured.   All the raw materials that are necessary for the traditional energy sources, coal, oil, uranium, natural gas are finite in quantity.   As humankind, and particularly the western world, continues to consume, these resources become less and less available.   Not only does the extraction of the raw materials wreck havoc on the planet, but as the supplies dwindle, there is greater stress between the competing nations as they vie for access and control over them.

 As I sit here writing I am reminded of the recent counsel in the Doctrine and Covenants 163:4, particularly 4b, “The earth, lovingly created as an environment for life to flourish, shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of human greed and conflict.  Humankind must awaken from its illusion of independence and unrestrained consumption without lasting consequences.”   Do we hear what is being said here? Do we really comprehend the implications of this passage?

 As the raw materials for our rising need for energy continues to become more scarce, the relationships between the nations of the world become more and more strained.  Most, if not all wars, when critically analyzed, have been fought over the access and control of natural resources.   Those resources have been water, food, wood, oil, and just about any other non-sustainable or non-renewable raw material.   This is why it is imperative that we begin to shift our investments from traditional energy sources to those that are sustainable and renewable.   Energy sources that will be equally available to all the world’s nations.   Otherwise there will be constant strife and conflict between the nations as they compete for the raw materials for the traditional energy sources.   The natural consequence would be war, unless the “have” nations are willing to share what scarce resources are available with the “have-not” nations.   This, unfortunately, has not been the history of mankind. It is just this situation that the US finds itself in today as it attempts to maintain control and access to the world’s oil supply.   It’s time for a new direction.

 Some advocate for nuclear energy.   Uranium is a raw material that must be mined.   It is also a very dangerous material. The mining, processing, enrichment, use and disposal processes all pose risk of contaminating the world with radioactive material that lasts for centuries.   We simply do not have the technology to safely handle radioactive material.   If that were not enough, it too, is in finite quantity and would cause competition between the nations for access and control.   Again, it’s time for a new paradigm, a new direction.

 If we love God, if we love our planet, if we love one another, we will make this change.   Yes, there will be some difficulty in our economy as we make the shift, but the life of our planet and all life on it, is at stake.   Much of what I have written has come to me from reading Dr Helen Caldicott’s books, from the scriptures, from what I hear in the media and from family and friends.   It is my hope that humankind will awaken to its greed, for short term benefit, and realize the consequences of continuing down this path to self destruction and, indeed, to the destruction of all life on Earth.   May we seek reconciliation with God’s creation and with all the people of the world.

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Posted July 29, 2010 by terryflowersblog in Environment

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