“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” Job 12:7-10
“Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor, and give him an appetite like an alligator. I do not mean the oldest and driest mummies, of course, but the fresher ones.” Mark Twain
About a year ago, I participated in a retreat with other faith community women. We were talking about caring for God’s creation, and these quotes from Job and Twain leapt out at me. They feel like two sides of the same coin – both reminding us about the wonder of this world and its wildlife.
Since a small child, I have had a special place in my heart for plants and animals, a calling clarified through Bible study. I feel blessed to have been presented with ways to carry out this call – most recently through collaboration with Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, www.irreplaceablewild.org.
Irreplaceable reminds us that plants and animals, as well as people, are struggling with climate change. Scientists predict that 20-30 percent of wildlife, 60 percent in some places, could be driven to extinction by climate change, or climate change combined with other stresses. And right now species are struggling with the impacts of changing climate.
These are the plants and animals that God declared good, provided an ark, made a covenant with. These are the species that often serve people’s needs, through agriculture, medicine, ecosystem services, inspiration, comfort, and joy. This is the wildlife that gazes at us with eyes that seem to ask if we are going to care.
My answer is that I do care, fervently, so I must take action. There are ways to do so on the www.irreplaceablewild.org website, individual actions to stem climate change and help wildlife, and action together through signing the Call to Care.
Please make compassion for these irreplaceable plants and animals your answer too.
Take a few minutes to go to the Irreplaceable website and its action section.
- Please sign the Call to Care.
- View the beautiful Irreplaceable video.
- Share these and the website and blog URLs with others. (People in my congregation love the bookmarks.)
And let me know if you need help with any of this.
As we can clearly see in scripture and teachings, together, we are called to make a difference, and together we can make a difference.
by Suellen Lowry