February 21, 2004

Clean Trash

Any of you who have known me for very long know that I'm not exactly an environmentalist. After all, one of my most popular songs of all time is my anti-environmentalist anthem, "Throw Another Log on the Fire".

Thanks to Mrs H, however, I am now washing the trash. She has gotten onto an eco-friendly kick and uses the various coloured recycling bags provided by the council (by my council tax at who knows what expense). Since they only pick up the each bag every other week, we have to do something to reduce the pong.

Tonight we had cauliflower cheese sold in a little plastic tray with cellophane over it (Mrs H would normally make it from scratch of course, but we were pressed for time). So there with the dishes was the little tray. It's only going to go into the clear bag (textiles and paper go in the purple bag - I've been informed this includes ratty old t-shirts I never wear). But it's going in clean.

Posted by david at February 21, 2004 12:38 AM | TrackBack

Of course. When I was little everyone in England had their milk delivered to the door in glass bottles which had to be returned to the dairy. Women judged eachother on whether or not the bottles went back clean.

Posted by: Havdala at February 21, 2004 11:06 AM

Anti-environmentalist? I thought every Christian was inherently an environmentalist, especially among the Orthodox.


Posted by: aaron at February 26, 2004 07:30 PM

You must be thinking of HH Bartholomeos, who is really keen on saving trees, but no so fussed about babies.

I think that creation should be subjected to responsible stewardship by those to whom the Creator has given authority.

Posted by: David Holford at February 26, 2004 08:43 PM

Don't recognize the name.

"Responsible" is a slippery slope in dealing with the bottom line.

Would you say that the enviromentalist surge in this last century by folks such as John Muir, was needless and has had no positive effect?

Posted by: aaron at February 26, 2004 10:40 PM

Doh! Did you mean The Ecumenical Patriarch. Yeah, i know and pray for his grace.

Posted by: aaron at February 26, 2004 10:43 PM

I think there is nothing wrong with conservation and reserving special areas of natural beauty. I think there is nothing wrong with the careful use of non-renewable resources. This is an example of why I have been so strongly in support of utilising the Moon to solve the energy needs of the earth.

What I am most opposed to is the tendency within the environmentlist movement to worship the creation rather than the Creator. This is a slippery slope where many environmentalist are already at the bottom.

Creation has sacramental significance to the believer. However, we have to realise that without Man there is no sacrament. The purpose of the sacramental aspect is to reveal God to us and bring us into closer relationship with Him. Inasmuch as Orthodox environmentalists are interested in the environment for this reason, that is good. When they lose sight of it, that is bad.

Posted by: David Holford at February 27, 2004 04:25 PM

hmmm...creation worship...a post to come by monday.

Posted by: aaron at February 27, 2004 08:11 PM

I shall be watching and waiting...

Posted by: David Holford at February 27, 2004 10:23 PM