“We won’t save a place we don’t love; we won’t love a place we don’t know, and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned.”
Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum’s comments to the 1968 general assembly of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The year was 1970 – a time of movements in the US, as war raged in Vietnam and students took to the streets in opposition. It was a time when Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans, and we were living large. Today, US military involvement in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen does not get much attention and most of those sedans have been replaced by much smaller gas/electric hybrid cars. Today, many have a keen awareness of our individual and collective role in caring for the environment. In fact, environmental concern is well over 50 years in the making. From the beginning of time, humanity has been called to dominion over creation. In honor of Earth Day, we will look at how we are living into the call to care for creation.