As a person of faith, I strongly believe we are called to care for God’s creation through careful stewardship of its resources. I am confident in my ability to proclaim that caring for the necessities of life like the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land from which we reap the Lord’s rewards is not just political – it is a fundamental spiritual doctrine woven into the fabric of all faith traditions.
When we get careless, as happened almost exactly six months ago, when tens of thousands of tons of toxic coal ash waste and millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled into the Dan River, it’s indicative that we have allowed our stewardship to get dangerously out of balance. Accidents like the Dan River disaster give us pause and force us to reflect on the priorities we’ve allowed to cloud our duties to protect what God has shared with us to sustain our lives.
Enormous amounts of energy have gone into understanding what happened on the Dan River and finding ways to prevent such an accident from happening again. And rightfully so.