Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Earth Stewardship”

Using a Forest to Build a Bridge

Monday, 30 June, 2014

The terms are “building bridges” and “bridging the gap”.  You hear the terms quite often in attempting to find common ground among groups with diverse viewpoints. Just what constitutes a “gap”?  Can all “gaps” be closed and if a gap is successfully closed, should the “gap” meet in the middle? In the environmental world there…

For the Beauty of the Earth

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

Despite the scriptures and heritage of the restored gospel, Mormons are not generally considered by themselves or others to be environmentalists. Part of this has to do with American politics and the unfortunate association of environmental concerns with liberal politics. I would prefer to think that conservatives can value conservation, that prudent use and preservation…

Interrupting the Cycle

Monday, 28 April, 2014

Take yourself back to your sixth grade science class where you were taught the hydrologic cycle.  Your teacher told you that surface water evaporates changing water from a liquid state to a gaseous state. Condensation occurs when water vapor condenses onto small airborne particles to form clouds. This vapor and clouds are then carried by…

Earth Stewards, where are you?

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

View LDS Earth Stewardship members in a full screen map In the few years since its founding, LDS Earth Stewardship has grown to include members across the United States, in nine countries, and on five continents. That’s a fine start, but only scratching the surface of what we could be. Our Facebook community has grown…

A Solution is Just Outside Your Backdoor

Thursday, 13 March, 2014

In February 2014, Church leadership asked members in California to fast for much-needed moisture.  Many members prayed for a change in weather patterns that would bring the moisture. Within days after the fast, most of California was doused with rain and snow.  The fast also presented an opportunity for us to consider that the west…

LDS ES, Politics, and You

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

LDS ES is a politically neutral group, but we do encourage our members to be politically active.

Discovering the Word of Wisdom: A Review

Sunday, 2 February, 2014

In Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising insights from a whole food, plant-based perspective, author and LDS Earth Stewardship member Jane Birch explores the connection between the familiar text of Doctrine & Covenants section 89 and the type of plant-rich, unprocessed diet advocated by leading experts in nutrition and medicine.  Birch recognizes and embraces the…

A Culture of Stewardship

Friday, 24 January, 2014

Earth stewardship has an unfortunate place in our society. On the one hand, it’s a value that most people claim to embrace. One survey of active LDS respondents found that 90 percent of self-identified conservatives and 98 percent of self-identified liberals agreed with the statement that “Stewardship for the earth is a gospel principle.” The…

Asking the Right Questions

Monday, 6 January, 2014

It seems anytime new environmental action is proposed, the main questions that get tossed about in the public discussion are, “How much will this cost?” and “Who will pay for this?”  They’re important questions, certainly, but I do not think they are the most important questions.  I’d much rather we discuss the answers to “What…

Air Pollution: What You Can Do to Clean the Air

Wednesday, 11 December, 2013

So far in the air pollution series, we’ve looked at the extent of the air quality challenge in the US, the way air pollution disproportionately affects the most vulnerable members of our society, and examined Los Angeles and Utah’s Wasatch Front as case studies of two different pollution scenarios in the US.  In this, the…