By Art Meyer, Jocele Meyer
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Ecojustice is what Jesus was talking about when he recommended and practiced a simple lifestyle. But it is a concept that the modern Page 34 Christian church has largely ignored as it conformed to the materialistic society surrounding it. During the 1973 and 1979 oil crises, there was a general reawakening to ecojustice principles. This led to considerable environmental awareness in the industrialized world. Christians, too, began to recognize the importance of renewable energysolar, wood, biomass, wind, water powerand the problems with nonrenewable energyoil, coal, nuclear, natural gas.
This world now is a place where the hands and minds of people lead to human capabilities to create new life forms. The authors warn that the integrity of the created order is at stake. This new ability to reorder creation in response to forces of the market and politics, the Meyers place before the church as a new and overwhelmingly important issue. The teachings of Genesis about human beings having chosen to abandon the garden by seeking to "do creation one better" are confirmed in our day by creation's degradation.
The Earth is the Lord's 23 3. New Testament Environmental Ethic 27 4. Ecojustice: A Theology of Ecology 31 5. Ten Global Issues for Christian Reflection 36 6. I, Too, Have a Dream 39 Discussion Questions and Resources 43 Part Two: Environmental Degradation Hazardous Waste 49 7. Toxic Waste: "This Earth Is Precious to God" 50 8. Pesticides Threaten Food, Water, and People 54 9. Toxic Waste Dumping on the Poor 59 Discussion Questions and Resources 62 Water Pollution 65 10. S. Tap-Water Rebellion is on 66 Discussion Questions and Resources 70 Soil Erosion 73 11.