Conservative Christians and the International Day of Forests: separating the wheat from the chaff.

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Angel Oak Tree, located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island in South Carolina, is estimated to be up to 1400 years old.

 

Today is International Day of the Forests, which is a UN-created initiative, so we know it will be chock-full of progressive nonsense.  Yet at the same time, some truth is woven into it.  Our job as conservatives is to separate the wheat from the chaff, not to throw out the entire bushel:

“Participants stressed the broad importance of forest ecosystems and noted that forests comprise an inter-dependent web of animals, plants and microorganisms, which together provide a wide range of goods and services beyond carbon sequestration. These include biodiversity conservation, rainfall generation and products that are crucial to the livelihoods of local forest dependent and indigenous peoples as well as to the economies of many countries.

Those attending recognized the importance of building on the vast knowledge and experience that exists on sustainable forest management (SFM) and called on negotiators to consult with forest stakeholders as they develop climate policy.”

So far, mostly so good, but then:

“Include forests in climate mitigation and adaptation mechanisms and strategies

Ensure full inclusion and participation of civil society in international, regional, national and local decision-making processes

Recognize and respect the rights of women, poor people and Indigenous Peoples”

As conservatives, we can leave behind all the blah-blah about women’s rights and indigenous peoples, instead focusing on how important forests are for all of mankind’s well-being.

The problem with environmentalists is that they are nearly all leftists/liberals/progressives, and therefore, lacking in true religion, they resort to worshiping the earth (Gaia) and despising humanity as the corrupter of their god, the natural world.  Yet they have correctly identified a serious problem: Mankind is generally not behaving as good stewards of the garden that the true, living God gave us.

Conservatives rightly identify the false religion of leftist environmentalism as the paganism that it is, but instead of working on the actual problem (poor stewardship), they get stuck in reacting foolishly against environmentalists.  This is how we end up with childish idiocy like Carbon Belch Day, which occurs one week from today; here is their pledge:

Yes! I will increase my CO2 output on March 28th! I am joining people from all walks of life in taking the Carbon Belch Day Pledge! On March 28th I will do my best to increase my CO2 output and unleash a Carbon Belch on the planet. I do this with no fear or concern that I am destroying the planet, but rather to show the absurdity of the “going green” wackos who want to make something out of nothing.

Conservative Christians should not participate in this nonsense, which surely cannot please our Lord.  Rather than behaving just like environmentalists, we conservatives ought simply to point out where environmental alarmists are wrong and then move forward on fixing those areas where they are right.

So where are they right?  I believe they are right when they say that forests are of great importance to the health of our earthly garden and its inhabitants.  The reason we should care about sustaining forests (and we should) is not because we hate humanity (as environmentalists seem to) but because we love humanity and want forests to serve human flourishing.

I do not worship Gaia and I am not a climate alarmist, but I recognize my role in taking care of the true, living God’s garden.  To that end, I want to manage my own little piece of God’s garden as well as I can and I want our earthly governments to enact sane, reasonable policies that both serve mankind and manage our natural world well without giving in to hysterical, left-wing, human-hating climate alarmism.

 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Genesis 2:8-9, 15

[Note: This is the first in what will be an ongoing series called “Separating the Wheat from the Chaff”, in which I will consider the health of our natural world and environment in the context of conservatism and Christianity in an attempt to extract the wheat and discard the liberal, progressive, Gaia-worshiping chaff.  I’d be grateful for reader input on these issues.]

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11 thoughts on “Conservative Christians and the International Day of Forests: separating the wheat from the chaff.

  1. It should be noted that before the movement was called Environmentalism, it was called the Conservation movement. In many respects it was a very conservative movement too, and it was progressives who were opposed to it. Unfortunately, in the decades since then the movement changed and is just another leftist neo-pagan entity now.

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  2. But in general conservatives do care about forests. And water and air and furry little things. And about other people. I’m not sure I see the point. Pragmatism says that practical steps….oppose X support Y, where X may be some specific deforestation and Y may be some specific planting initiative.

    The horse left the barn on this stuff. You will never out-care those whose whole existence is to show how much they care, more than actually thinking or doing.

    Two anecdotes:

    1. My wife and I have been included in an annual function for my work where we have dinner with the Board of Directors and other company officers. Its in a private residence so there are tables throughout. At our table the group was earnestly discussing their diet preferences and fresh food fetishes. The only liberal in the room was the wife of the President of the company, and we were in her home.
    They were lamenting that the new Whole Foods which would be built closer to our hamlet was being delayed by objections to wiping out the greenbelt where it would be located. My wife and I, not seated next to each other….you know….mix it up and all that….were making eye contact and unspoken communication suggesting “are we the only ones here who see the absurdity of this discussion?”

    2. A couple of years ago, India was voted the leader in some metric of environmental stewardship. It was tied directly to the fact that most people have no electricity and live with an LPG burner (camping style) as the only modern-ish convenience. Last week Bloomberg had an article stating that Mumbai creates 11,000 metric tonnes of trash per month (could have been per year …..regardless that’s about 23,000,000 pounds) and were stacking it in a pile that started in 1927. the streets and alleyways are awash in trash, you drag it with your feet as you walk. Having been there a dozen times in the last 8 years the idea that these idiots can erald that as a shining example is amazing.

    With the thinking that informs those two stories as what motivates the liberal mind on this, I want no part of trying to separate and focus on any aspect of it. But I still care about preservation of resources.

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    • Haha, love the first story there. I have several similar ones that I’ll be discussing in an upcoming post as to why conservatives would do a better job managing and preserving our forests than liberals if only mainstream conservatives would let go of their obsession with ALWAYS supporting making a buck over preserving the environment. Regulation CAN be sensible, though I don’t trust liberals/leftists to do it well; the former Soviet Union proves that conclusively. If you’ve ever been to a former Soviet bloc country, you know the incredible environmental destruction that communism caused.

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  3. You fall to fallacy. I’m close to the tug-a-war between $ and environment. I have been for 30 plus years because I am a Chemical Engineer. No industry defines that dichotomy like the industry that encompasses everything that happens from getting oil and natural gas out of the ground to the plastic and chemicals we interact with daily.

    Ive worked directly with SIRC, a group that would reflexively be branded as more concerned with profit than the environment.. This is the success of the left that you assume that being for economic prosperity must mean being against the environment. Labeling conservatives as such is easy. Most in the chain of industries I work in are conservative. And we watch them emasculate the industry trying to be both leftist environmentalist sensitive folks and pro-industry. BP is (in)famous for the goofy ads they run that, aside from the company running them, are full of leftist pandering. Hipsters at the farm produce stand with cartoon stars in their eyes as they explain the dollars being plowed into solar and wind energy……by AN OIL COMPANY. That is not putting $ ahead of the environment. That is putting emotion in front of reason.

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  4. Ive been in Russia (just Moscow) , Estonia (Tallin and east near the Russian border) , Poland (all over), Hungary (just Budapest) , Czech Republic (Prague of course and also Ústí nad Labem which is an industrial area a couple hours drive from Prague), Slovakia (Smolinice), and Romania (Bucaresti, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, and rural Transylvania). My East Block Credz travel began in 1996 so everything hadn’t been painted in pastel yet.

    Estonia, Poland, Czech Rep. , and Slovakia a lot of times, the others only once each. Keep in mind I was there for work and I work in petrochemicals so Ive been to the nasty industrial places left behind by the Russians.

    I was in China in 1998, two weeks but only the one time. And Ive been in industrial sites in South Korea (Ulsan) , Taiwan ( Kaohsiung, Taichung), Thailand (Map ta Phut) Brazil (Camaçari, Rio Grande, Porto Alegre, Triumfu) Mexico top to bottom, and others.

    Ive conversely been literally steeped in industrial sites in western Europe, Canada, and the U.S. The juxtaposition of that jumble of places and no clear delineation of cause except perhaps the legacy of communism, coupled with my own experience in companies in the industry, these things afford me faith in the fact that conservatives are just fine in the main, and not prone to trading scorched earth for manna.

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