Vol 22 No 4 June 2007
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No one ever said it was going to be easy. That is a wide-open statement but I'm specifically referring to two areas concerning our publication.
The first has to do with the fact it's me who is writing the editorial column (and stepping in as editor) for this issue of Canada Lutheran—as opposed to someone you're more familiar seeing here—Ida Reichardt Backman. As you read in the January/February editorial column, since last fall Ida has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I am relieved to be able to share with you that she has been receiving positive news from her doctors on her progress. The surgery and subsequent radiation treatments yielded the necessary results. To assist with the next step in the healing process, Ida has decided to take a three-month leave for the purpose of rest and renewal. We keep her in our prayers and look forward to welcoming her back near the end of summer.
While it hasn't been easy, editing the magazine has been interesting. Even though I'm taking this on while still fulfilling my other work responsibilities, I really enjoy researching and writing, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to connect with the members of our church as we worked through the development of this issue.
The second area I was referring to in my opening statement is directed towards our feature for this issue. This time it has nothing to do with the task of getting the article to print, but rather putting the ideas featured in the article to practice. For so many reasons, I, like others, know that caring more for our environment is the right thing to do. Of course, we should recycle, consume less energy and be more aware of what we are doing to the environment. But, there are so many excuses why we lapse in that judgement.
I live in the country, about an hour from our National Office. During the process of pulling together this issue, out of curiosity, I did the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions survey. I won't confess to my score but I will tell you I'm above (way above) the national average. The most significant contributor to my GHG emission levels is…car emissions!
It's not like I'm without more environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives. I could car pool—surely there are others in my small town that go into Winnipeg every day. What I have realised is, I'm guilty of wanting my independence. I like that I'm free to leave both home and work at a time that is convenient to me. As you'll read in our feature articles, convenience and independence are major areas where we need to have a bit of an attitude adjustment (myself included).
Even more than giving up a little convenience, I'm most guilty of thinking that being more environmentally conscious is an all or nothing approach—"if I can't bear to consider an alternate means of transportation, why do anything at all?"
Thankfully, while doing this research, I was reminded it doesn't have to be that way. Small steps can lead to bigger steps and more importantly, we have an obligation to make sacrifices in the way we live to be more caring stewards of all of creation.
So, I've once again committed myself to using those compost bins I purchased two years ago. I've also set up space in the garage for my recycling bins. Small steps which I hope will lead to bigger goals and outcomes.
While no one ever said filling in for the editor of Canada Lutheran or striving to take better care of our environment was easy, it has been an interesting and enlightening journey.