Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Practical Applications”

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…

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…

Air Pollution Case Study: Utah’s Wasatch Front

Monday, 11 November, 2013

They say you should never start a speech (or a blog post?) with an apology, but I’m breaking that rule today.  I knew when I began the air quality series that I wanted to write a post about air quality concerns in the communities along Utah’s Wasatch Front—LDS Earth Stewardship has many members and blog…

Earth Steward of the Year Award

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

In the end, the board voted to give the Earth Steward of the Year award this year to Don Jarvis, a man who was actually nominated by a few different people.

Air Pollution Case Study: Los Angeles

Wednesday, 2 October, 2013

If I asked you to make a list of notable features of Los Angeles, chances are “smog” would show up somewhere beneath Hollywood and Disneyland.  A less glamorous aspect of life in the Southland, to be sure, but one the region is known for, and with good reason.  While air quality has improved in the…

Air Pollution: In Your Own Backyard

Thursday, 29 August, 2013

In a previous post, I mentioned that I’m originally from Los Angeles, a city whose air pollution is legendary. In fact, I’m part of the third generation of my family to call Los Angeles home. Probably not coincidentally, I’m also part of the third generation of my family to suffer from asthma. As I sincerely…

Intro to a Series: The Air We Breathe

Saturday, 16 March, 2013

I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980’s.  More than a decade after the passage of the Federal Clean Air Act, LA’s worst air pollution days were behind it by the 1980’s, but smog alerts were certainly not uncommon during the hot summer days of my childhood.  It’s not surprising, then, that air pollution…

Sometimes we fail. So we try again.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013

It’s a good thing that we don’t have to abandon our good intentions when we fail to live up to them. Sometimes we fall short of our ideals. But it does not make us hypocrites to continue to hold those ideals even when confronted with our own failure. It means we tried, and failed, but we can try again.