This is a photo I took of a water pump shack near Park City, UT, off of Highway 40. The Wasatch Mountains and the Canyons ski area are in the background. Someone had painted this graffiti heart on the building. The painting made me think about the world, about the motivation for reducing one’s ecological footprint. I think this motivation is love—not in a schmaltzy way—but a love that is rooted in connection to and caring for the land and all the creatures that depend on it. Love, justice, simplicity, caring. I turned this photo into a card with the one-liner: “What makes a landscape sacred is love.” I have a 15-year-old daughter and I am concerned for her and the world she is inheriting. It’s time for some more loving.
Photo by Jeffrey Louden.
The air we breathe (and pollute) is a good way to "air" the conversation about how we shall live and how we shall say 'yes' to the world and its health, and 'no' to ourselves.
I have a 15 year old daughter. I am concerned for her world. We live mostly above the smog in Salt Lake City, but are surrounded by the pollution when we drive into the city.
So I choose my vehicle and my driving carefully, to minimize my contribution to the brown cloud. But the air we breathe (and pollute) is a good way to "air" the conversation about how we shall live and how we shall say 'yes' to the world and its health, and 'no' to ourselves.
I am also a Lutheran pastor and struggle with how to make clean air and living lightly in and on the world a focus of community life.