Once upon a time, dinosaurs lived on the earth. About 65 million years ago they became extinct. The good news is that fossil evidence of these giant creatures is still being discovered, allowing scientists to learn more about these extraordinary animals. Successive generations of children can visit replicas of the dinosaurs in museums of natural history and be wowed into caring for the world and its current inhabitants.
Once upon a time there was wood and metal. Then, not so long ago, came plastic. Its durability proved useful for households and industry. Much plastic, however, is thrown out as rubbish and ends up in the oceans, causing havoc to marine life. The good news, as reported on Blue Planet Live and Blue Planet UK last week, is that active awareness is increasing. Many people are joining in beach cleans and others collect plastic from the sea.
Once upon a time God said, “I am putting you (human beings) in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.” Much damage has been done to the planet through exploitation and carelessness. The good news is that human beings are gradually waking up and working to be more responsible stewards of earth’s inhabitants and natural resources.
Are you daunted by the immensity of the challenge to care for planet earth? Think positively: I am only one, but I am one; I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do, and what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.