Earth, Meet Big Brother
©2010 Debra Rae
It’s that time of year again. The environmental answer to postmodern religious practice is on for April 22nd, and this year’s Earth Day sports an all-out community agenda. But then a day devoted to “our Mother” isn’t enough anymore. Now, the World Wildlife Foundation has organized an Earth Hour event.
Members of an international organization called I.C.L.E.I. (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) are dead serious. In their commitment to protect the planet, cities everywhere shut off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 27.
Even if cause-and-effect relationships are not scientifically established, new principles for conducting human activities (as lights-off hour) are deemed necessary. That said the I.C.L.E.I. provides agenda-driven research, pathways to grant monies, computer models and support for the Earth Charter, a type of planetary commandment. To make way for Gaia, the charter specifically excludes Western religious tradition in advancing what is tantamount to a new global ethic for all mankind.
Be sure global events as these do not represent governmental policies written by the local people for the local citizens. Instead, Big Brother assigns to humans responsibility for the Mother Planet, insisting that they adopt supposedly sustainable patterns of production, consumption and reproduction.
So…Mother Earth, meet Big Brother. Know that the Earth Charter is more than a political statement in support of promoting cap and trade. It’s a kind of Sermon on the Mount reflective of Gorbachev’s 1996 proclamation of faith: “Cosmos is my god; Nature is my god.” This credo is underscored by the fact that the charter was presented to the U.N. in the Ark of Hope, designed like the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
Good news! The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. In Him, there is no lack. True, He’s purposed that we tend, keep and subdue His creation—but this we do to meet life’s necessities. You see, in God’s economy, humans are of infinitely greater value than other life forms. In a very real sense, the earth serves humankind (and not visa versa). When God put humans in charge, He intended that we care for earth, true. But no way are we to worship it (1 Corinthians 10:26; Genesis 1:28; 2:15; Matthew 10:31).
Debra Rae is an author and educator who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Having authored two books—the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural-Isms (the latter highlighted at the 55th Annual CBA International Convention, 2004)—Debra contributing columnist for News With Views. Debra has been a speaker on numerous radio shows aired across the nation, the Western Hemisphere, Russia, and the Middle East. This past year, she co-launched and now co-hosts WOMANTalk, a special edition of Changing Worldviews TALK Radio, for which she writes weekly commentaries. www.debraraebooks.com, www.womantalk.us, www.newswithviews.com/Rae/Debra.htm