As traveling companions on a closed, planetary ecosystem, we are all keepers of Spaceship Earth.
As human beings, we are responsible for taking care of our home. There is no mommy or daddy, no maidservants or butlers to clean up after us. Yo gave us (manifested as) only one earth, and from it we must gather everything we need to live. We cannot continue blindly to destroy the life sustaining fabric of the earth's biosphere. Nor can we remove our selves from responsibility and assume that "God" will take care of us by cleaning up the mess we are making.
[The rest of Stephen Colbert's interview can be viewed here.]
Without religious delusions, we cannot bury our head in the sand. We also can not assume that the destruction of our planetary ecology is unimportant, as we will all be leaving this temporary world shortly for a permanent life in the hereafter:
My responsibility is to follow the Scriptures which call upon us to occupy the land until Jesus returns . . . We don't have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand. (James Watt, Secretary of the Interior [land management] under Ronald Reagan, who was convicted in 1996 of withholding documents from a grand jury investigating a government housing scandal)
Lil Bush & Family
On Global Warming
When loopy wolves (pun intended) run the farm and assign dishonest, flaky foxes to guard the chickencoop, we have a lot of work to do!
We live in a closed ecosystem hurtling through space, dubbed by Buckminster Fuller, "Spaceship Earth." We must strive to understand the complex ecosystems of our planet, and use that knowledge to care for our world.
We are Keepers of the Earth.
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) in Walden.
From our understanding of ecosystems, our interdependency on the biosphere, and the importance of Environmentalism, we derive the
Eighth of our Ten Sacred Principles: