Who owns the water?
God must smile as we quibble about who owns the streams and wetlands and who is responsible for keeping them clean for human consumption. Yet that is what is happening. Agricultural interests advocate for less governmental oversight and environmentalists push for more. Doesn’t the water belong to everyone? Or, more accurately, isn’t water on loan from a Creator who commands us to take care of it?
We do all agree on the importance of keeping our rivers and other bodies of water clean. The disputes come as we discuss how to do that. What is the goal, exactly? What role does each of us play—governmental officials, farmers, urban residents, activists—in reaching that goal? How can we develop and implement a plan?
While it may appear trite to say, “Let’s all get along,” encouraging communication to reach common ground and mutual understanding is a good place to start. That would require less acrimony and partisanship and more listening and openness. The responsibility of caring for the earth rests with each of us.
Questions for Reflection:
How in tune am I with the wellbeing of the earth?
How does my faith inform my responsibility for addressing its need for protection?
How can I encourage honest and respectful conversation with people who believe differently from me?
Written by Diane Glass