It’s time we learned to be stewards of the earth

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stewardship is the responsible manner in which we seek to care for and use the property of another individual. Growing up in a house with two siblings, we were often told “clean your room.” This directive described our role to care for a house that was owned by a bank, paid for by our parents, and one day inherited by the heirs (which was one third me).
So it is that we should learn at an early age to take care of things that belong to others. One day in the future, we will be directly accountable for those things. This same lesson applies to our responsibility in caring for our environment with policies and goals to protect our global resources. Since most of us know very little about such matters, a trip to the public library would help teach us about stewardship of creation.
Take a look at the book “Global Resources: Opposing Views” on Greenhaven Press. The book editor, Helen Cothran, has assembled opposing essays on many topics dealing with our progress to care for the world around us. The first viewpoint presented in the text argues that the global oil reserves are being exhausted, never to rise again. The second viewpoint argues the opposing perspective — that better global management of this resource can help us meet future needs. Which view supports your understanding of the issue? This is a thorough read for students longing to know more about our global plans for food and energy production.
Another selection, “Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places In Peril and What Can Be Done To Help Save Them” by Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen, calls to our attention the severity of our abuse that is destroying the landscape around us. Cities and sites from around the globe are deemed to be dying a slow death due to many reasons. Of particular concern are locations in the United States, including North Carolina’s Outer and Inner Banks, and Appalachia. How concerned are we about preserving the beauty of these areas for our children and grandchildren?
Stewards of creation, how do we proceed to “clean our rooms”? One book to consider is titled “Plan B 3.0 — Mobilizing to Save Civilization” by Lester R. Brown. Brown redefines our need for action to save the world from ourselves. “All the problems we face can be dealt with using existing technologies. What we lack is the political will. …” to address matters that have a global impact. This book may be downloaded for free by visiting
It would appear that there is much to clean up in regard to our rooms, our neighborhoods and our nations. The well-being of the global community rests on our ability to become better stewards of the resources and environment around us. A short trip to the library may be just the place to begin your research and develop a personal plan on how each of us can better care for the world around us. Happy reading!
Holiday Pajama Express — South branch, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Dress in your pajamas and come enjoy stories, crafts and hot chocolate. Please call 704-216-7728 for more information.
Stories by the Fireplace — East branch, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts and a special guest, Ho, Ho, Ho! Pleas call 704-216-7842 for more information.
Robojo Theater — Headquarters, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. Whether you’re a fan of the show already or are enjoying it for the first time, this is a fun family program not to be missed.
Nutcracker Story — Headquarters, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. Salisbury Symphony Orchestra presents excerpts from the Nutcracker. Hear the story that inspired the music — and maybe even meet a ballerina. This program is open to all. For more information call 704-216-8234.
Computer classes: Intermediate Excel 2007 — Dec. 9, 7 p.m., South; Dec. 10, 1 p.m., East (registration required for East only, call 704-216-8242); Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m., Headquarters. Learn how to do more with Excel and go beyond the basics of creating and formatting spreadsheets. In this class, learn how to sort, filter and summarize data. Prior attendance at the basic Excel class (or some knowledge of Excel) recommended. Class size is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dates and times at all locations are subject to change without notice.
Book Bites Club: South (only), Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, please call 704-216-8229.
Holiday “Tea Party” Storytime — Headquarters, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., for children 5 and under. A tea party, stories and crafts. Co-sponsored by Smart Start Rowan. For more information please call 704-216-8234.
Holiday library hours — Dec. 6, all locations closed for staff development program. Dec. 23, close at 7 p.m.; Dec. 24-26, closed for Christmas, regular hours resume Friday, Dec. 27; Dec. 30, close at 7 p.m.; Dec. 31, close at 5 p.m.; Jan. 1, closed for New Year’s Day.
Displays for December: headquarters, Waterworks; South, watercolors by Caroline Marshall; East, holiday by Mary Earnhardt.
Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.