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Purple Tod Consulting
“Empowerment! Innovation! Excellence!”
 
 
 
 
 
"The Earth is the birthplace of our species and, as far as we know, our only
home.When our numbers were small and our technology feeble, we were 
powerless to influence the environment of our world. But today, suddenly,
almost without anyone's noticing, our numbers have become immense
and our technology has achieved vast, even awesome, powers.
Intentionally or inadvertently, we are now able to make devastating
changes in the global environment an environment to which we and all
other beings with which we share the Earth are meticulously and exquisitely
adapted.

We are now threatened by self-inflicted, swiftly moving environmental
alterations about whose long-term biological and ecological
consequences we are still painfully ignorant: depletion of the protective
ozone layer; a global warming unprecedented in the last 150
millennia; the obliteration of an acre of forest every second; the rapid-fire
extinction of species; and the prospect of a global nuclear war which
would put at risk most of the population of the Earth. There may well
be other such dangers of which we are still unaware. Individually and
cumulatively, they represent a trap being set for the human species,
a trap we are setting for ourselves. However principled and lofty
(or naive and shortsighted) the justifications may have been for the
activities that  brought forth these dangers, separately and taken
together they now imperil our species  and many others. We are close
to committing- many would argue we are already committing-
what in religious language is sometimes called Crimes against Creation.

By their very nature these assaults on the environment were not caused
by any one political group or any one generation. Intrinsically, they are
transnational, trans- generational and trans-ideological. So are all
conceivable solutions. To escape these traps requires a perspective
that embraces the peoples of the planet and all the generations yet to
come.

Problems of such magnitude, and solutions demanding so broad a
perspective, must be recognized from the outset as having a religious
as well as a scientific dimension. Mindful of our common responsibility,
we scientists, many of us long engaged in combating the
environmental crisis, urgently appeal to the world religious community
to commit, in word and deed, and as boldly as is required, to preserve
the environment of the Earth.
 
 
Some of the short-term mitigations of these dangers such as
greater energy efficiency, rapid banning of chlorofluorocarbons
or modest reductions in nuclear arsenals are comparatively easy
and at some level are already underway. But other, more far-reaching,
long-term, and effective approaches will encounter widespread inertia,
denial and resistance. In this category are conversion from fossil fuels
to a nonpolluting energy economy, a continuing swift reversal of the
nuclear arms race, and a voluntary halt to world population growth
without which many other approaches to preserve the environment
will be nullified.
 
As with issues of peace, human rights and social justice, religious
institutions can be a strong force here, too, in encouraging national
and international initiatives in both the private and public sectors, and
in the diverse worlds of commerce, education, culture and mass
communications.

The environmental crisis requires radical changes not only in public policy,
but also in individual behavior. The historical record makes clear that
religious teaching, example and leadership are able to influence personal
conduct and commitment powerfully.

As scientists, many of us have had profound experiences of awe and
reverence before the universe. We understand that what is regarded as
sacred is more likely to be treated with care and respect. Our planetary
home should be so regarded. Efforts to safeguard and cherish the
environment need to be infused with a vision of the sacred. At the same
time, a much wider and deeper understanding of science and technology
is needed. If we do not understand the problem, it is unlikely we will be
able to fix it. Thus, there is a vital role for both religion and science.

We know that the well-being of our planetary environment is already a
source of profound concern in your councils and congregations. We hope
this appeal will encourage a spirit of common cause and joint action to help
preserve the Earth."
 
 
 
 

 

AN APPEAL BY OUR RELIGIOUS & SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY
 

 

 

   

 
 
Background Checks
and Screening
 
 
 
 
School Management
& Leadership (SMT)
 
 
 
 
Community Liaison &
Outreach Consultant
 
 
 
 
Professional
Educational Services 
 
 

Retail 
 
 

Newsletters
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
Purple Tod Consulting
“Empowerment! Innovation! Excellence!”
 
 
 
 

 
"The Earth is the birthplace of our species and, as far as we know, our only
home.When our numbers were small and our technology feeble, we were 
powerless to influence the environment of our world. But today, suddenly,
almost without anyone's noticing, our numbers have become immense
and our technology has achieved vast, even awesome, powers.
Intentionally or inadvertently, we are now able to make devastating
changes in the global environment an environment to which we and all
other beings with which we share the Earth are meticulously and exquisitely
adapted.

We are now threatened by self-inflicted, swiftly moving environmental
alterations about whose long-term biological and ecological
consequences we are still painfully ignorant: depletion of the protective
ozone layer; a global warming unprecedented in the last 150
millennia; the obliteration of an acre of forest every second; the rapid-fire
extinction of species; and the prospect of a global nuclear war which
would put at risk most of the population of the Earth. There may well
be other such dangers of which we are still unaware. Individually and
cumulatively, they represent a trap being set for the human species,
a trap we are setting for ourselves. However principled and lofty
(or naive and shortsighted) the justifications may have been for the
activities that  brought forth these dangers, separately and taken
together they now imperil our species  and many others. We are close
to committing- many would argue we are already committing-
what in religious language is sometimes called Crimes against Creation.

By their very nature these assaults on the environment were not caused
by any one political group or any one generation. Intrinsically, they are
transnational, trans- generational and trans-ideological. So are all
conceivable solutions. To escape these traps requires a perspective
that embraces the peoples of the planet and all the generations yet to
come.

Problems of such magnitude, and solutions demanding so broad a
perspective, must be recognized from the outset as having a religious
as well as a scientific dimension. Mindful of our common responsibility,
we scientists, many of us long engaged in combating the
environmental crisis, urgently appeal to the world religious community
to commit, in word and deed, and as boldly as is required, to preserve
the environment of the Earth.
 
 
Some of the short-term mitigations of these dangers such as
greater energy efficiency, rapid banning of chlorofluorocarbons
or modest reductions in nuclear arsenals are comparatively easy
and at some level are already underway. But other, more far-reaching,
long-term, and effective approaches will encounter widespread inertia,
denial and resistance. In this category are conversion from fossil fuels
to a nonpolluting energy economy, a continuing swift reversal of the
nuclear arms race, and a voluntary halt to world population growth
without which many other approaches to preserve the environment
will be nullified.
 
As with issues of peace, human rights and social justice, religious
institutions can be a strong force here, too, in encouraging national
and international initiatives in both the private and public sectors, and
in the diverse worlds of commerce, education, culture and mass
communications.

The environmental crisis requires radical changes not only in public policy,
but also in individual behavior. The historical record makes clear that
religious teaching, example and leadership are able to influence personal
conduct and commitment powerfully.

As scientists, many of us have had profound experiences of awe and
reverence before the universe. We understand that what is regarded as
sacred is more likely to be treated with care and respect. Our planetary
home should be so regarded. Efforts to safeguard and cherish the
environment need to be infused with a vision of the sacred. At the same
time, a much wider and deeper understanding of science and technology
is needed. If we do not understand the problem, it is unlikely we will be
able to fix it. Thus, there is a vital role for both religion and science.

We know that the well-being of our planetary environment is already a
source of profound concern in your councils and congregations. We hope
this appeal will encourage a spirit of common cause and joint action to help
preserve the Earth."
 
 
 
 

 

AN APPEAL BY OUR RELIGIOUS & SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY