More than a billion people of all nationalities around the globe are expected to plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more, on Earth Day, April 22 — all on behalf of the environment.
The theme for Earth Day 2014 is: Green Cities. Organizers of the global event are hoping that with smart investments in technology, forward-thinking public policy, along with an educated and active public, people everywhere will transform cities around the world and help shape earth’s future.
With thousands of environmental groups in 190 countries reaching out to hundreds of millions of people, Earth Day supporters are sending world leaders the loud and clear message that people around the world want decisive action on clean energy now.
Although the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, there is an increasing urgency to put a stop to what many see as irreparable damage to Earth’s ecology and a life-threatening climate change.
A report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that if nothing is done to change current emissions patterns of greenhouse gases, global temperature could increase as much as 11 degrees by 2100.
Some experts say the biodiversity crisis is even worse than the threat of climate change. According to www.sciencedaily.com, “Species extinction and the degradation of ecosystems are proceeding rapidly and the pace is accelerating. The world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate.”
The report also stated, “The biodiversity crisis — i.e. the rapid loss of species and the rapid degradation of ecosystems — is probably a greater threat than global climate change to the stability and prosperous future of humankind on Earth. There is a need for scientists, politicians and government authorities to closely collaborate if we are to solve this crisis.”
But will they? And will they do something drastic enough in time? Will supporters of Earth Day be able to make the difference our planet needs to guarantee the survival of life on it? If left entirely up to humans to reverse and repair the ongoing damage to our planet, how confident are you of the Earth’s sustainability indefinitely?
Millions of people, while doing their part to keep America beautiful — along with other countries — are not resting their hopes on potential changes in big business, human governments or scientists to solve this crisis. They also pray regularly for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done “in earth as it is in heaven.”
Are these just idealistic prayers of naive believers of a Utopian society or is there a very real possibility that we could see Divine intervention in our lifetime? For those who believe it is not a coincidence that our planet inhabits hundreds of thousands of different life forms while scientists have yet to find even one iota of life on any other planet — Divine intervention by a life-giving Creator is a very real solution. Is there any tangible proof anyone can point to? One ancient book holds the key.
In the pages of the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ gave a sign at Matthew 24:3-14, Mark 13:3-13 and Luke 21:7-31 to indicate when the Kingdom of God was near — foretelling wars, food shortages, earthquakes, disease, increases in lawlessness and nations not knowing the way out. Although it is an historical fact that these conditions have plagued humans for centuries, Jesus explained why this composite sign would be different.
In the account at Matthew 24:33-34, Jesus prophesied, “When you see all these things, know that it is near at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” — New King James Version.
Are we living among the generation who is seeing “all these things take place” in one lifetime? Has any other generation seen the degree of these conditions on such a global scale happening simultaneously? You decide. Jesus said in Luke 21:31, “So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” — New King James Version.
At that time, according to Revelation 11:18, God will destroy those who destroy the Earth. Centuries earlier He foretold at Ecclesiastes 1:4, “A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” — English Standard Version.
Do we really need new hills and mountains, new grass and trees, new streams and oceans — or a new earthly society of planet-loving people who work to make every day Earth Day? As Psalm 115:16 says, “The LORD has kept the heavens for himself, but he has given the earth to us humans.” — Contemporary English Version.
As care-takers of our Earthly home may we all do our part to support the sustainability of all life on earth, pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven and act like we live here.