Written By: Jim Greenberg
Forty years ago, the Bald Eagle population had fallen to just over 400 nesting pairs…a mere pittance of these magnificent creatures thriving 100 years before. Scientific research proved that man’s wide use of the pesticide DDT worked its way up the food chain into eagles. Armed with knowledge, we acted swiftly and saved the American symbol from extinction. In 2007, the bird was removed from the endangered species list and is once again thriving. Humans caused the problem…and humans fixed it.
With today’s digital sciences, we can all watch the amazing process of our eagles’ nesting via Eagle Cam on line. Witnessing God’s miracles through science is beautifully captured by Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., 1993 Nobel Prize winner in physics who said: “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.”
And our world’s oceans, according to NOAA, cover 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the planet’s water. It is natural then that the scientific field of oceanography is rich in revelations: both human-induced problems and their solutions to preserve God’s creation. Retired Admiral David Titley, formerly the US Navy’s top oceanographer and now a professor of Meteorology at Penn State, cites at least six scientific facts that prove our climate is changing dramatically: global air temperature readings, global water temperature readings, the heat in the deep ocean, the retreat of the glaciers, the thinning of ice in the Arctic, and the ice sheets coming off Greenland and West Antarctica.
And the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, founded by the non-partisan World Meteorological Organization, adds with 90% certainty that emissions from human activities have caused the majority of global warming these last few decades. Today, we witness the associated weather events: extreme heat waves and frigid cold spells.
Last month’s bitter wind chills numbed the Northeast. Against bitter wind chills, our eagles tried to keep their babies warm and alive. We all are praying that the relentless cold…fueled by human indifference…will not doom the eaglets to the same fate that man’s DDT did so many years ago. We humans contributed to this problem. Will we act now to fix it?
We are told that not a sparrow falls without the Lord’s knowledge. If we truly believe that God created our world and entrusted us with stewardship for this greatest gift; then surely, we must do everything in our power to protect her for our children and grandchildren…who will inherit a world of our making. We know from history that it is within our power to use god-given scientific knowledge to recognize threats to divine creation.
And just as we joined together, using science to save our bald eagle from the endangered species list, we can now come together to save our earth from the endangered planet list. It is not only within our power…. but within our moral duty…to urgently use proven renewable energy technologies to protect that which is entrusted to us by God. Will it be our legacy to our children that they will one day say we crafted a future that is clean and stable, in which both humans and the majestic bald eagle thrive?
The answer will be a resounding “Yes”, if…and only if… we abide by the simple lesson we all learned from our parents and our grand-parents: clean up after yourself. And the farmers’ wisdom, passed along through countless generation has always been, “Leave the land better than you found it.” As long as we remain faithful to these noble truths, all of creation can rest at ease under our care.
Wayne Pacelle, author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, beautifully described what we hold in our hands: “In the end, whenever we humans find it in ourselves to help powerless and vulnerable creatures, we are both affirming their goodness and showing our own. In that way, their cause is also the cause of humanity.
Will we find it in ourselves to help the cause of all creation? The miracles that rest in those eggs…unable to speak for themselves…await our answer. Will you join us in speaking for them?