Christians and the Environment

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Christian theology states that God created the earth and gave it as a gift to humans to be shared with all other living creatures. This belief is known as the “Creation-centered approach to the natural environment” (Massaro, p.163). This approach emphasizes the value of nature by recognizing humans as being an equal part of God’s creation under which all “species deserve protection” (Massaro, p.163). With such publicly known cases of pollution like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or Bethlehem Steel’s pollution of Lake Erie decades ago, it is evident that humans have been using the environment in accordance with the Stewardship or even the Dominion model, both of which place humans above all other creations. According…show more content…
Dr. Nawaraj argues that natural disasters such as massive earthquakes or volcanic activity are still a possibility in the area around Yucca Mountain, and that such disasters would inevitably cause the proposed massive storage container to leak radioactive waste into the land and water supply. This is why Dr. Nawaraj suggests keeping the radioactive waste in aboveground containers located throughout the country. Dr. Nawaraj justifies his solution by saying that such facilities “maximize the autonomy and decision processes of future generations…it would allow for the development of new technologies to deal with the material in better ways than primitive burial” (Gudorf and huchingson, p. 110). Government officials had similar thoughts because, facing the objection of the Yucca Mountain site by the state of Nevada in 2009, the federal government decided not to use Yucca Mountain and instead, impose an interim solution of storing all nuclear was in aboveground facilities nearby nuclear power plants (Gudorf and huchingson, p. 114). But which storage method, if any, is the most morally sound solution when thinking about future generations? Both previously mentioned methods of storing radioactive waste carry with them some sort of burden for future generations. If history has taught mankind anything, it is that nature, no matter how many calculations are made, cannot be one hundred percent accurately predicted, especially over
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