Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Practical Applications”

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.

March is Emergency Preparedness Month

Sunday, 3 March, 2013

March: LDS Theme: Emergency Preparedness How much can you do without electricity? Or running water? We have long been encouraged to have emergency supplies in place so that in the event of a catastrophic emergency like an earthquake or blizzard we are able to care for ourselves and then our neighbors until we are able…

Without a Car

Friday, 22 February, 2013

It’s been a week and a half since we’ve driven our car. We’ve been able to do everything we normally do. I even figured out how to load my 13-year old’s bike into the bike trailer so that when I pick him up from his voice lessons, we can ride our bikes the 3 miles…

LDS Earth Stewardship in February

Friday, 1 February, 2013

Our calendar of themes and activities for the next few months will be ready soon. In the meantime, a new month has begun. We at LDS Earth Stewardship would like to host a physical get together each month. We’re thinking about things like lectures, service projects, nature hikes, and visits to the capitol. But we…

2013 Resolution

Thursday, 3 January, 2013

(As printed in the Herald Journal, Jan. 1, 2013) Turning the page on a calendar shouldn’t be the motivation to change one’s life but, for tradition’s sake, perhaps being kind could be given consideration as a resolution for 2013.  The fast-paced, competitive nature of our lives tends to push many of us toward the “survival of…


Monday, 31 December, 2012

I have a hard time with resolutions for the entire year; those have never worked well for me. (See related post here.) But I have already settled on my fast for Lent. I love observing Lent. It is a different kind of fasting that Mormons do every first weekend of the month. It is a…

Intermountain Bioneers Conference & LDS Earth Stewardship

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012

The 9th annual conference of the Intermountain Bioneers will be held in Logan, Utah.  An “Evening with the Bioneers” will be held at the LDS Tabernacle on Friday, October 19 where the 250-member American Festival Chorus will be directed by Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  There will also be presentations by the Bear…