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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Another whale gets caught in a Shark Net - how unexpected... not!

I've said it before and I will say it again -shark nets are stupid and unethical. They give the public the illusion of safety* while providing none and killing thousands of sharks, turtles, fish, dolphins, birds, whales and everything else each year.

One day I'm going to stop whinging and do something about this... Preferably campaign for all nets to be exchanged for devices that create electromagnetic fields to deter sharks. It would be safer for the public and far less deadly.

* If you aren't aware, most shark nets on beaches do not, in fact close off the beach with a big net (in most cases nets would have to go too deep and wide for this to be cost effective), they are simply aimed at killing sharks to reduce population numbers in the area - assuming this will protect swimmers. Considering the research currently coming out about the behaviour of species like the Great White Shark (who travel great distances and are rarely in the same place for long) this seems incredibly unlikely to be at all effective. Hence, we are aiming to kill members of a very vulnerable group of species for no reason. This is a crime going on unnoticed beneath our noses.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+