Thursday, March 18, 2010
I am an ocean junkie. Every year for the past dozen or so years I have visited an ocean at least once and I can never get enough. It took me a long time to realize how complex and diverse and vast the undersea world is but I have become increasingly fascinated by this aspect of the planet God has brought into being. Whether it is snooping around in the coral of the Caribbean with mask and snorkel, or being surprised by seals or porpoises while kayaking in the Atlantic, or walking a beach by the Pacific, I have learned that oceans are extraordinary.
Tonight there will be another episode in the CBC Nature of Things series called One Ocean.http://oneocean.cbc.ca/ Last week we were taken to New Zealand to hear about and see an encouraging project to create marine protected areas, something along the lines of national parks only underwater. They have been remarkably successful and varied species have returned to these areas in abundance.
A scientist who has been involved in this work for years observed that people will ask him what the minimum area is necessary to protect species viability, and he responds by asking what the minimum amount of food would be to feed our children in order to keep them alive. Of course we want our children to thrive, not just survive, so what about other species?
You will know by now that I believe that "to live with respect in Creation" (a line in the United Church creed) is an essential aspect of the Christian life. And oceans must be respected, as well as forests and fields.
Have you had positive experiences at or on the oceans? Do you feel we do enough to protect them? Is is part of our Christian calling to protect them?