How does stewardship and sustainable ecosystems connect?

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for a project i am to make a poster connecting stewardship and sustainable ecosystems. It also has to be based off the quote “As each one of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” any suggestions

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  1. Most, if not all natural ecosystems are sustainable. These natural ecosystems would be God’s varied grace, in your belief system. What these natural systems do is show us a model of what works.

    When we study natural ecosystems, what we see are many interconnected cycles, like the carbon cycle, the hydrologic cycle, the nitrogen cycle, etc. We are also learning that we can tap into these cycles to produce more of what we want (like food), but the cycles may be somewhat disrupted by this. The trick is to find a balance between getting more of what we want without so severely disrupting one or more of the natural cycles so that unwanted consequences do not occur, or are easy to control when they do occur.

    Our individual “gifts” include the intelligence to learn the lessons taught by natural systems, and for some the cleverness to use nature to some advantage. But since these individual gifts are to be used to serve one another, we must take care not to make the lives of others poorer as we attempt to enrich our own, including the lives of future generations.

    So what does all that mean? In sustainable agriculture, for example, it would mean using practices that don’t pollute streams and groundwater, using practices that don’t cause unsustainable soil erosion, recycling animal and plant wastes back into the soil, and so forth. This philosophy can also be applied to other activities and industries.

    February 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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