April 22, 2010

EARTH DAY 2010: Being Stewards of the Earth



Being Stewards of the Earth

Monte Holland

     Today is Earth Day’s fortieth year.

     The first earth day was celebrated on April 20, 1970, when we lived in the Borough of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. That year, Slippery Rock residents with foresight decided that the time had come to start a community recycling program. Within the year I was participating.

      Before we rehabbed an old barn in the Slippery Rock Community Park, recyclers in the area dropped off bags of recyclables at an outbuilding on the property. 

     We gathered used barrels, in which to sort glass, cans, and aluminum, from Armco Steel Corporation (today, AK Steel). Much time was devoted to the sorting, which included breaking glass and crushing cans to conserve space in the barrels. With the help of the Grove City unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the U-Haul International, Inc., we transported glass to Clarion and metal to Neville Island, which produced enough money to meet our expenses.

     The center also recycled newspapers, many of which were used by farmers for animal bedding.

     We didn’t accomplish a great deal, even wasting energy in the inefficient system we used, but we jump-started a recycling mindset that has led to recycling on the community scale. Many communities now have home-pickup of recyclables.

     Recycling containers by today’s roadsides remind me of those “heady” 1970 days when I spent so many hours in community park sorting recyclables, and additional hours traveling to Neville Island and Clarion.

     In honor of Earth Day 2010, Yahoo posted a good article* on global warming that is a good antidote to the perpetual attempts by our Southwestern Pennsylvania newspaper to discredit any who supply evidence that global warming is for real.

     Jesus told a story about a rich man and his steward, who was wasting the rich man’s goods.(Luke 16:1-13). The rich man Jesus refers to didn’t live in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, but some of God’s stewards do. In Luke 16:10 Jesus said: He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

     Earth day is a great day to remember that we are all stewards of the One who is really rich.

     Ask not what your earth can do for you. Ask what you can do for your earth. And what you can for at least the next seven generations of our descendents.

*Yahoo link:  







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  1. Taken off Ligonier Living:

    kimsmith said…
    Yes. I remember those days. As a student at Mt. Pleasant High School (class of 1972), when some of us started a club to re-cycle and clean up the environment. There weren’t too many of us at the time. Well, if we had started all this like I wanted to back in the early 70’s, we might have a cleaner environment and less landfills.

    April 22, 2010 11:53 AM

    Comment by Carolyn C. Holland — April 22, 2010 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  2. From Ligonier Living site:

    massagetastic said…
    How sweet, I loved the post & personal messages from friends who stated “We are going to do what we do every day”

    I love Earth Day ~ someone tried to give me a money tree to plant …… should I try it ?????

    How fun ~

    April 23, 2010 7:22 AM

    Comment by Carolyn C. Holland — April 23, 2010 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  3. I have absolutely no doubt that we were put here, among other reasons, to be stewards over this blue and white ball in space. I also believe that we have not always done this the best that we could. On the other hand, I believe that discussing the scientific evidence for global warming, or as it is now called, “global climate change,” should be left to another forum.

    Comment by Will Patterson — April 25, 2010 @ 9:41 am | Reply

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