Leave only footprints.
Whether its diving in deep oceans, sitting out in the sun, walking across peatbog, driving to the ends of the earth in our 4 wheel drives, or over rough ground on our horses, eating or drinking, we should respect God’s creation. The book “
” by Rachel Carson is a frightening reminder about what happens if we don’t. Her portrayal of the overuse of chemicals on the land results in there being no birds in the sky, no plants and flowers, no bees pollinating and most of all trees did not bear fruit. Trees are the lungs of the earth. Another early environmentalist, Charles Darwin, in the
Origin of the Species
, wrote of the planet and the plants, spending many years in the Galapagos islands collecting samples and analysing them. To this day, the Galapagos islands are teeming with wildlife and protected by man.
It is the exponential growth of the population which is the problem, using precious resources, many of which are not renewable. When we walk on God’s earth we should respect the plants we walk on, take care in sensitive soils like peat – sundew, golden in the sun, is delicate. The bogs are delicate, having taken hundreds if not thousands of years to develop. The birds bring us delight with their song. The Reverend Cairns described the earth as a “precious heirloom”.
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. The aquatic zone produces about 40% of total global net primary productivity. The terrestrial zone, although accounting for only 30% of the surface area, accounts for about 60% of total primary productivity. (Source: Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, Roger Perman, Yue Ma, James McGilvray, Michael Common, Pearson Education ISBN 0-273-65559-0). While this is important to the basics of economic growth, we should leave only footprints as we travel through life. Whether you believe in God or are sceptical, someone bigger than us created the earth. Who was it, God or the solar system? Either way, we need the earth to sustain us. We need to protect it.
We started promoting Dunnet Head as place of environmental interest way back in 2000. We even wrote a book about it. With the Dunnet Head web site about to be sold off, we use www.letsgoexploring.co.uk as our conduit for exploring many parts of the world.