I have lived here in the UK -London for 20 years now and when friends and family come over they sometimes comment on how green we are over here. They observe that most of us dry our clothes on the line, drive much smaller cars, live in shoe box’s compared to the average size of an American home, walk to the shops, use long life low wattage low energy bulbs, changing windows over for double glazing, doubling up on insulation, are becoming more obsessive about recycling, drive low emission high mpg diesel cars, save left over food, food portions at restaurants smaller and public transport used far more often and readily available.
It amazes some of the Brits when they go to Utah to see how big the houses are especially in many cases for so few people who live in them. Huge Ford Explorers, steak dinners that could feed a typical family of four. When they go for the first time they come back thinking that it’s a land of excess.
I know there have been many of the changes I have described above happening in Utah and throughout the states but there is not quite the buzz or emphasis on it that I see here at least IMO!
I also have this theory that Mormons aren’t into green issues because
- Many believe the second coming will be coming soon (God the creator of this earth will be able to clean up the planet in a second, our efforts are pointless.
- We have to get our priorities right – family, missionary work, ward service, temple work. Being green is definitely not a priority now
- If it was important the prophet and apostles would be vigorously emphasizing it during conference.
- It would be stressed and accentuated in the manuals
- Gas guzzling cars – God created fossil fuels for our use. He created this earth and when we run out God will inspire man to come up with an alternative fuel – he always provides for us.
- God made fossil fuel for our use and we are fortunate to be Americans and live in a place where fuel is cheap and are blessed to be here.
- We have proven ourselves in the pre-existence and in this life and we deserve the just rewards for being faithful members
- An attitude of the more physical stuff I have cars, houses, boats shows were being blessed abundantly
- We have been hearing a lot about fuel and energy—about their high cost and limited supply, our unsafe and unpredictable dependence on their suppliers, and the need for new and sustainable sources of energy. I leave the discussion of these complicated issues to leaders of government and industry. The fuel I want to discuss is spiritual fuel. Elder L. Tom Perry