Five Reasons I’m Not Saving the Planet

1. The planet isn’t my responsibility

The planet features 196,900,000 square miles of surface area.

The number of species is estimated to be 6.5 million on land and 2.2 million in the sea, making approximately 8.7 million species total.

I do not own these lands, the seas, or these species, but “saving the planet” implies that I have responsibility for what others own, and what they do with it.

This is a responsibility I cannot and should not shoulder.

“Saving the planet” is too vast and abstract a task. Its vastness and abstraction can lead to perpetual self-examination or even self-condemnation. Though I am tidy and frugal, I would never be able to know with certainty how much my cleanliness or frugality had helped the planet.

In the myth of Sisyphus, he was condemned to perpetually roll a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would roll back down from its own weight; but “saving the planet” dwarfs the condemnation of Sisyphus, whose task was much more finite.

(Paradoxically, the vastness of “saving the planet” can also lead to self-exaltation: first, from causing a feeling that one has the right to order so many other beings around — to decide what they should or should not do. Second, because the loftier the goal, the easier it can be to feel proud and superior about oneself.)

Ultimately, “saving the planet” is inherently and inevitably hostile to private property rights.

2. The planet is clashing with itself

Among these 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million in the seas, many of them are “wild,” and many of these species hunt and prey on each other.

Even domesticated species can be hostile to each other, hence the expression, “fight like cats and dogs.”

Some plants are even carnivorous - such as the Venus fly trap.

Then, there are parasites such as tapeworms, leeches, brain-eating amoebas, and so on.

Besides that, the planet is host to natural phenomena like tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, which wreak destruction upon and in itself.

I cannot mediate all these conflicts, or act upon other processes beyond my control, such as the decay of the strength of the earth’s magnetic field.

3. According to evolution I’m not obliged to save any form of life

In evolution, a big bang started the universe, and life evolved through random processes.

The universe is billions of years old and my life is the tiniest of specks and has no cosmic meaning.

Suppose I believed in the evolutionary theory. Well, who am I – a product of random chance – to think that this particular planet needs to be saved?

If a form of life or a habitat becomes obsolete and dies out, so be it.

The fittest are all that should survive.

4. According to creation, the planet isn’t mine

The Bible teaches that God created and owns the earth and everything in it.

  • “...the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.” - Genesis 14:22
  • “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1
  • “For all the earth is Mine... ” Exodus 19:5c

Jesus gave instruction for His children to be good stewards of what He allows us to “borrow” from Him in our life span on earth. And “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”

Thus, I have a duty to take good care of the tiny part of the planet for which He assigns responsibility. Not because the planet is eternally important, but because He is eternally important — and something better than this planet awaits me: “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

5. According to Scripture, God Himself will destroy the planet

Christianity plainly teaches God will destroy this world, and create a new heaven and new earth.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:17

“Saving the planet” is an incoherent, collectivist, totalitarian goal

It borrows from a non-evolutionary viewpoint by granting life forms on the planet, and the planet itself, a cosmic meaning.

It borrows from a non-evolutionary viewpoint by implying that there is virtue and moral superiority in saving other life forms and trying to protect “the planet.”

It borrows from the evolutionary viewpoint in that we humans are not created in God”s image and are another type of animal.

Saving the planet is not something I can achieve, or should achieve; it denies private property rights and personal responsibility. It has no coherent basis in evolutionary or creationist worldviews. It is either an obsessive religiosity or a totalitarian ruse.

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