I am constantly amazed by the ability of individuals to demonize even the most noble of causes. Especially, when it comes to the preservation of the environment. At the end of the day we all live on the same planet. Yet there are a number of individuals, from corporations trying to make an extra buck, to those from the Religious Right who use predestination as an excuse to ignore humanity’s influence on the world we live in, who find a reason to be against many of the environmental movements in our country. Now, I’m not talking about Christians, but rather the individuals who use religion to push their political agendas (Like these people). This mentality is not only incredibly short-sighted, but detrimental to the future.
Many corporations actively support policies counter to the long-term vitality in favor of short-term profits. If the people in charge of these institutions stopped to think about it, they would see a healthy environment provides opportunities for even greater profit in the future. Take the many oil companies of the world who cling to the practice of keeping oil in the forefront of our energy policy. If they would make the short-term sacrifices needed to invest in future technology, they would not only save a great deal of the money spent lobbying government officials to ensure oil’s supremacy, but would also be on the cutting edge of future energy production. This type of enduring gain does not even account for the necessity of maintaining a healthy world for the consumers corporations must rely on.
Sadly, the Religious Right, claiming to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, uses his religion as an excuse to demonize those trying to save the very planet God created. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…” 1 Corinthians 6:19. If the Jesus emphasizes the body as a sacred temple, would he not want the world this body resides into to be kept healthy and well maintained? Some would argue, if the lord provides, it does not matter what the human race does because he takes care of all our needs. However, according to the very same religion, human beings are supposed to live in the image of Jesus Christ. As someone, who advocated the golden rule, its likely he probably would have been an environmentalist and would have support policies that would ensure his creation remained healthy. Then of course there is the element of free will and our ability to choose to do what’s right or wrong, but I digress.
There is no secret panacea to what ails the world, but that doesn’t mean we should continue to make decisions and endorse actions detrimental to the environment. While we must keep in mind the potential consequences of moving towards a more sustainable future, we must not allow it to prevent us from making the sacrifices necessary to ensure future generations are able to enjoy our planet. In order to do this, it is vital corporations and religious leaders use their power to take the necessary steps needed to move towards a tomorrow worth living in.