Catholic Perspective on the Topic


“The World and all that is in it belong to the Lord. The Earth and all who live on it are his. He built it on the deep water beneath the Earth and laid its foundations in the ocean depths.” (Psalm 24: 1-2)

If this verse above is true then the world which we live in does not belong to us, it belongs to God. Why then, do we cut it down for our own needs? Not only are we destroying God’s work, but we are also destroying the homes of animals. And while tropical rainforest deforestation has attracted most attention, tropical dry forests are being lost at a substantially higher rate as well. It also says, "all who lives on it are his", which means that we also belong to God. Which gives us another incentive to follow his commands.

God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Genesis 1:26)

This quote means that God has given control of all the earth to the us humans. This could be interpreted as God has trusted us to look after Earth and we have abused his trust by cutting down his forests, killing the animals in those forests and polluted the earth.

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Above is a few pictures of Deforestation in action. You can see how clumsy the lumberjacks are and they do not care how many ecosystems they go through and destroy to get their trees. Do we honestly think that God is impressed with the way in which we treat his Earth?

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