Last night I was snapping our daily harvest of Green beans with my children and watching the show Outward Bound with Ron Shara on channel 11. At the conclusion I was ready to turn off the T.V. when Al Gore and many musical performers came on with a live concert to inform the world of the warming planet. Big fans of the Catholic Church like Madonna were there to promote worldwide awareness and reduction of greenhouse gas. Before shutting off the T.V. I listened to that guy from Titanic talk about the clear evidence of global warming and the fact that it is not debatable any longer. I also made it through Al Gore talking in circles and hoping to get some votes. As I turned the T.V. off I came to the conclusion that these individuals have some serious power. My children would have believed every word out of these "superstars" mouths. Are they speaking truth and why? Global Warming has become a big topic and I have really become interested in what is truly happening.
Being an avid outdoorsman, I am no treehugger. I love nature and believe as humans and Catholics we need to be good stewards of the land. We need to use animals properly and glorify God's creation in our interaction with them. I have never shot a deer without first kneeling and thanking God for the gift of deer for food. We need to take care of our planet and make sure our children can enjoy God's creation.
All of the above I believe is part of Catholic teaching and is sound advice for all nations. I see my buddy Al Gore taking this a step further. Al is part of a group of affluent individuals who not only use more energy than the average Joe but talk and act out of both sides of their mouths. They have found an issue to rally around and gain attention. Many of the these people, Bill Gates being a great example, give millions of dollars to promote sterilization and contraception to ease the burden on our earth. Third World countries are looked upon as burdens and not environmentally savvy. They are looked upon as strains on our food sources and thus causing more environmental damage with their needs to farm and expand. If we could only sterilize those darn natives who keep burning down the rain forest. I believe Al Gore was once quoted saying how no one should have more than two children. I think he said that before he went home for supper with his four children. If you have not yet heard.. drum roll.... this is also the guy who hired a lady to help him become an Alpha Male during his presidential run. Even better...he is thought by many to be the next recipient of the Noble Peace Prize for his work with Global Warming. I am sure all you agree his feats dwarf past winners like Mother Teresa. She managed to win the award with absolutely no alpha male training!
I guess the point to my rambling is that I have no clue what to think about Global Warming. I would appreciate anyone to enlighten me on the current Vatican Position. I might be totally wrong about Al Gore and if I am I please enlighten me. I am very curious to hear some different takes on Global warming and our role in taking care of this planet. Until then you might want to be like Al Gore and take a few less trips on your private leer jet and gain about 50 pounds of cellulose around your waist so you can turn your thermostat down this winter.