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Breath Of Ecology

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Kentucky can boast of many historical and natural attractions, one of which is the Bernheim Forest, honored for its beauty and flourishing ecosystem which continues to draw numerous visitors.

 

The title of one of its signs that drew my attention was, "What is Sustainability?" followed by its definition: "To care about generations we'll never know, and to embrace the future for them."

 

Suggestions that followed were: Planting trees, and preserving our air, water, and soil.

 

 And since we are simply borrowing this planet from future generations, we should take all  of those words very seriously.

 

Never before have there been so many air and water pollutants, so much pesticide misuse, so many forests destroyed, fossil-fuel plants, natural resources drawn selfishly from our planet, and indifference to waste.

 

Children being born today and in years to come deserve those same gifts from Mother Nature that have sustained and blessed us and those of past generations.

 

How can we help make that happen?

 


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.


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