Exploitation of Natural Resources for Personal Gain

God’s first commandment to His new creation (man and woman) was to take care of the earth and to care for and respect each other. He made us interdependent—human to human and human to natural resources.

Exploitation of natural resources is the misuse and abuse of the abundant creation which God has entrusted to us. It is also the disrespect of neighbors—those present, those to come, or citizens in another country. As we disregard the earth, we may be creating an unequal burden on those who are most vulnerable.

Who are the victims? We are all affected by this issue and are exploiters in some way. Unfortunately, individuals or groups who are often most affected are those who are already poor and lack resources to respond.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 KJV).

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:29 NIV).

Steps to addressing this issue.

Overview of Project HELP: Human Exploitation.

Articles, Blogs, and Resources:
Release and Restore CD (product)
Are You Green? (blog)
How About Your Nature Interest Area? (blog)
Nature interest area handout for preschool leaders. (pdf)
Caring for God's Creation (badge)
Understanding Natural Resources (blog/article)

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