"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
Genesis establishes why we should live with a theocentric (God-centered) view of life. The earth and its inhabitants are not an evolutionary accident, devoid of moral and spiritual meaning. Genesis encourages that our lives have significance because we are created in God's image. As such we should honor all that God created, including Mother Earth.
It's Earth Day and what exactly does that mean? It is a day to think globally but act locally. To do whatever you can do in your own home to conserve and protect this beautiful earth that has been on loan to us from the great creator-God.
Here's one thing you should be doing and if not, start today. Recycle. I have been doing this for many years and it's really very easy. All you have to do is to purchase a separate plastic can (I have the blue one with the recycle symbol on it) and then put the new receptacle somewhere convenient so that you will actually use it! I would say that one third of my trash is refuse and the other two thirds are recycle.
Another fun habit I have is recycling the greeting cards that I receive from friends. This tradition was something that began as a Christmas project when I was a young girl. My mom always saved the Christmas cards we got from others and made the next year's gift tags with them. It became a game to see who could do the best job of matching the carefully cut tags to the gift wrap. I have continued that tradition in my own family and I have even taken it a step further. I cut and re-design birthday, thank you, and other miscellaneous cards that I get in the mail. Not only do I make some unique, one-of-kind cards but it conserves the earth a bit and it saves me money too!