The Responsibilities of Stewardship

1 May

Merriam-Webster defines stewardship as ” the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”

Well. if you like Gulf shrimp, Blue Crab, Snapper, Marlin, Swordfish, Grouper, Stone Crab, Oysters  and a host of other culinary delicacies from these waters, we aren’t doing a great job of managing our natural resources.  I am saddened and angry that our thirst for oil has once again threatened the perilous balance of nature.  I believe that in our quest for black gold, we time and time again trash the environment. You know what folks? It may take weeks or month before we cap off the pipeline that is spilling between 5,000 barrels a day in some reports, to 25,000 barrels a day in other reports.

And meanwhile, we are killing the wildlife and destroying miles and miles of fragile wetlands that support the fishing industries in this area and impacting the livelihoods of thousands of people who depend on fishing for a living. I can’t fathom why we would allow drilling without a way to stop leaks when and if they occur.

I’m not a mental giant. I’m just a person who likes the environment and had made an indirect living from it.  I don’t have answers; I just have questions.  I just want us to act like the stewards that God, Buddha, Jehovah or Allah or the Flying Spaghetti Monster made us.

We have to. It’s our home.

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2 Responses to “The Responsibilities of Stewardship”

  1. R.J. In The 619 May 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    A lot of people who made fun of “Drill, baby, drill!” are now calling it Lake Palin. I don’t blame them. It’s people like her, Dick Cheney, and other lackeys who got us into this mess.

    • culinarychick May 3, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      I realize we need to explore for our own energy resources, I’m just for greener sources (wind, switchgrass, ect). I can’t fathom BP drilling that deep without any contingency plans for accidents. They’ve been strangely quiet. NOAA has banned all fishing off the Louisiana Coast, AND if the oil gets into the oyster beds, no oysters for 20 years. The environmental damage from this spill will have political as well as environmental consequences.

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