I have to admit, when I started blogging in 2003 about raising kids without religion, it was really out of frustration. It was personal. It was selfish. I wanted to be heard, wanted to connect with others who might be experiencing the same things.
Why am I still here? I have a couple of goals. One is to help our country move to a place where religion is completely and securely tucked away into homes and churches. The more we speak up and insist on this religious etiquette, the better. The second is to desensitize people to “our kind,” to let believers know we are not to be feared. And third, I want to somehow, in some little way, help change the abusive relationship we have with our planet.
As I see it, we are, as a species, a lazy, messy and self-centered group. We want to live in the burbs and drive our trucks and cool our big homes. We throw away the shit we get tired of, even if it’s in good condition. We buy too much food and either waste it in landfills or on our waists. We want new stuff when we already have enough. I know–I’m part of the problem. And I’m trying to change–by buying green energy, bringing my own to-go containers to restaurants and conserving energy, plastic, water and stuff in general. I try only to buy what I need and encourage my kids to do the same. I set my thermostat high in the summer and leave it low in the winter. I have a long way to go.
If you are a right-to-lifer and you care about saving “unborn babies,” then you should care about climate change. Anthropogenic activities are clearly changing the composition of our air. We’re making our planet much more habitable for plants and much less habitable for animals. The earth is not going to disappear. It will continue to adapt with or without us. We are in an on-going war with every organism for survival in an indifferent universe.
There are so many other really important changes we need to make. We need to reconfigure our cities so that we live, work and play in the same area. We need to stop using so much plastic, which comes from petroleum. We need to reduce our use of fossil fuels, especially coal, which is one of the dirtiest of our energy sources. We need to build as many net-zero energy buildings as possible and reclaim as much water as we can. We can mount solar panels on more homes, as silicon supplies allow. We can make each home into a little energy factory, adding windmills to properties that have the space and selling any unused energy back to the grid. We can build more bike lanes on our roads and bike more often. There is so much to do. I hope that many will help, including my kids who are, no doubt, tired of hearing me talk about this.
I’d also like to take a look at our churches, which sit empty for a large part of the week. How can we better utilize these buildings? How can we make them more energy efficient? Can we consolidate faiths under one roof through building-share?
Leaving it “to God” is not going to work.
So these are my goals. What are yours?