To the editor:
I have a question for Mr. Reed (see Catholic Courier October monthly edition: “Is warming just a ‘hoax'”). Does it really matter whether or not global warming is a hoax? In the creation stories, God gave us dominion over the Earth. Dominion does not mean the right to destroy. With dominion comes responsibility. Look at the growing number of children with allergies and respiratory issues. We need to clean up the air we breathe every day. What about all the garbage we produce? No one wants a landfill in his or her backyard but we continually buy products that take up space in landfills and cause pollution when they are made. We are in a drought. The temperature changes may be part of a cycle, but water is a precious resource. It makes sense to clean up our water sources and preserve them. We can save energy by not wasting the purified water that comes to our homes. Anything we do to protect the environment is of benefit to us all.
My parish, St. Monica, received the Diocesan grant money for taking care of the environment. This relatively small amount of money has become seed money for many projects. One was providing compact fluorescent light bulbs at a reduced price. These bulbs will save parishioners much more money than the amount of the grant. More importantly the bulbs reduce the need for energy and in turn reduce emissions from burning coal. I believe that we do have global warming but if it does turn out to be a hoax, I know that none of the efforts we have made were a waste. Unfortunately Mr. Reed is correct when he says there are many “real problems” that need our attention. One does not need to be a scientist to know that damage to the environment is already a real problem.