The other night the boys and I watched Wall-E. My sister had seen it in the theaters and told me that I would like it. While it is a kiddie movie, I did enjoy it. Not only was it cute and funny at times and had an actual plot, but there was also an overall message in the end–we need to take care of our world. I know that all this “green” stuff these days tends to get politically charged and overdone, but really, why can’t we just look at the practical side of it and take care of our environment? I don’t consider myself a tree hugger or anything. I do use my share of plastics and drive a gasoline powered vehicle and all, but I do have concern for our environment. There’s no need to live in our own filth or destroy the world God has made for us.
For those who haven’t seen Wall-E, basically the story goes that the earth is so polluted that the people built all these robots to clean up the earth. In the meantime, the people of earth fly off into outer space while the robots do the cleaning. Originally they plan to stay out in space for about 5 years while the cleanup goes on, but before the 5 years is up, they find that the toxic level on the earth is so great that they can’t go back. Thus the earthlings spend 700 years cruising space, periodically sending probes back to earth looking for signs that life is sustainable again on earth so that they could return.
In the movie there were a couple of toxic storms that would blow through. I’m not sure what those are all about, but I can see how life on earth really has suffered through careless productions and disposals of toxic substances. To give examples of that, there was an article titled, Prozac Ocean: Fish Absorb Our Drugs and Suffer for It by Nai Bai. While I have read of something like this about 3 or 4 years ago, I don’t seem to find a date on this particular article. However, the comments below the article are dated December 2008. Here’s a short clip from the article:
“In the U.S., more than 200 million prescriptions for antidepressants are given out every year. A lot of the contents of those pills eventually end up in our water supply, either from patients’ excretions or from pills flushed down the toilet. Since water treatment plants aren’t designed to remove pharmaceuticals, we’re effectively medicating our streams and rivers.”
Now I find that a bit disturbing particularly since I’ve been working on regaining my health naturally. What I have found that it is an uphill battle because our environment is full of toxins from the air we breathe, the water that we drink and bathe in, to the foods we consume. Many of our foods are highly processed with countless additives that only a century ago were non-existent. The air we breathe is polluted with many other hazards such as fuel emissions, out gassing from building materials, plant chemicals not only on our produce, but on our lawns and neighbors’ lawns, and industrial chemicals. Our government even mandates chemicals to be added into our water supply such as fluoride, which many feel is a hazard to good health. And now we find that we are even unintentionally polluting our own water supply by the drugs we consume. It’s an uphill battle to improve and preserve our health, especially since all around us we are being exposed to toxins each and every day. We’re pretty much wallowing in our own filth. The difficult part about it is that there are so many people who thrive from, and defend tooth and nail, our current system of modern advancements no matter what the consequence to our environment. People who raise concerns for the preservation of the land and seas are seen as “tree huggers” or “nature fanatics.” I guess it’s too much to want fresh air and clean food?
This also brings to mind nuclear waste. I will say that I’m glad Obama (so far) doesn’t seem to champion nuclear power as a first alternative to fossil fuels. But what has disturbed me is the lack of appreciation for the dangers of nuclear waste (as evidenced by McCain’s campaign to build “45″ new nuclear power plants, yikes!) A few years ago I read a book called G.I. Guinea Pigs: How the Pentagon Exposed Our Troops to Dangers More Deadly than War by Micheal Uhl. Uhl not only wrote about the nuclear tests performed that exposed our troops to nuclear radiation, but also how the nuclear tests exposed civilians who lived in areas near the testing grounds. Cancer rates increased in some of those areas, and many died as a result. Yet, nuclear radiation is still downplayed today. And more often than not, our environment is contaminated without our knowledge. An example of this is something I stumbled upon recently of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. According to Wiki, this laboratory was a “once prolific rocket and nuclear reactor test facility located 30 miles (48 km) north of downtown Los Angeles, California“ I’ve lived here most of my life, but I’ve never heard of the place. There are many residential home near that area who potentially are exposed to whatever is being tested there. I bet many of the residents don’t even know or understand the possible dangers to their health. Before we take for granted that they have “safety” procedures and precautions in place, let us not forget Hanford. Wiki shares some of the environmental concerns that cropped up with Hanford.
“By 1957, the eight plutonium production reactors at Hanford dumped a daily average of 50,000 curies of radioactive material into the Columbia. These releases were kept secret by the federal government. Radiation was later measured downstream as far west as the Washington and Oregon coasts.“
These are just a few examples of the health hazards around us. So many of us just want to live in a clean, healthful environment. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of those large corporations and government mandates that oftentimes ignore our concerns in favor of their own agendas. But I am a firm believer that God hears us, and sees all. Long ago at the writing of the book of Revelation, I believe the elders were also concerned about the earth and the effects to us as they were recorded to say in Rev 11:18:
“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.“
The bold face was added by me. But I do think that while the Bible tells us in Genesis that we are to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth,” I don’t think that meant that we were to “destroy and pollute” the earth. We are to be good stewards of the earth, and plundering it and polluting it is not being a good steward. As a result of reckless irresponsiblity and lack of respect for the earth, many of us are suffering with poor health. Hopefully Wall-E’s message to take care of the earth resonates well with the younger generation, so that they will learn to value the world that God made for us.