I’m a Concervative Christian and I want CLEAN AIR!!

Cross Posted at Moms Clean Air Force 

As a new mom, I was excited to visit play groups and moms
clubs to meet other mothers.  I wanted to
connect and be a part of something.  My
diaper bag was full of cloth diapers, a reusable water bottle and homemade
snacks.  When asked, I was honest and told
them my ecofriendliness isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.  As always, this raised eyebrows in my circle
of friends; conservative and Christian. 
Somehow, being environmentally conscious and possessing any religious
affiliation has become impossible.

When I surveyed the moms in my area about the level of
importance environmental issues played in their lives, the primary answer I was
given is that they just don’t consider themselves environmental.  They try to teach their children not to
waste, but when it comes to taking a stand for something like cleaning up the
air we all breathe, they’d rather leave it to the “non-conservative leftists”. 

I understand that not everyone will have the same interests
or the same convictions, but in my opinion, if anyone should be above the curve
when it comes to protecting the Earth and our children, it should be those who
claim to have a personal relationship with God. 
If God created the Earth and all that inhabit it, isn’t it being
disrespectful to pick and choose what we are going to protect?  We spend so much time focusing on human
rights and yet gloss over the conditions in our world that silently threaten
the quality of our lives.

This is my Father’s world, and to
my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.  ~  Maltbie Davenport
Babcock

If you believe that God created the Earth, then you believe
that when he created our human bodies, He had a reason for everything he
did.  Take a moment and think about
respiration.  The respiratory system is a
delicate balance between the intakes of the air around us, the cleaning of said
air and the expiration of the CO2 our bodies don’t need.  Our breathing is not only vital our survival,
but also part and parcel of balance here on Earth.  Living animals (including humans) must intake
the oxygen in order to survive, expelling carbon dioxide as waste.  In the meantime, plants are doing the exact
opposite.  In doing so, we have a
constantly renewing balance in the atmosphere. 
Because of this balance, the oxygen is simply renewed and never
consumed.  This would lead one to the
conclusion that we’re essentially breathing the same air that the Earth was
created with, except now, through the years, it’s collected other chemicals
that no matter how hard our lungs and the stoma on plants work, never fully
gets scrubbed out.

I don’t want my children breathing air that is intentionally
polluted.  I can’t imagine any mother
wanting this.  But if we insist on
calling ourselves conservatives who have no interest in environmentalism, we
are signing away our voice by our inactivism. 
And when we make the decision to throw away that vote because it’s not
popular at church or the moms group or the grocery, we have no one to blame but
ourselves for wasting this chance we have to stand up for our children’s
future, regardless of our creed.

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