We know we are part of the Cosmos, a Cosmos we are only beginning to understand, our one small planet in a solar system on the outer arm of the Milky Way.
The writers of the Psalms praised God for the wonder of the heavens, heavens that could be enjoyed in all its splendour. As most of gaze at the night sky we can only see a few of the stars enjoyed by our ancestors. This is due to the light pollution generated by our street lights.
We are lucky to see some of the brightest stars on cloudless nights. Views like the one above are possible when we visit “Dark Sky” areas. Looking at our Earth from the International Space Station, (picture below) as it orbits our Earth ever 90 minutes, at night we can see so many places with street lights burning bright. It does look beautiful and allows us to identify countries or towns.
As well as the beauty of seeing our school atlas had the shape of Italy and Sicily correct, we can see the density of the lights in the cities and bigger towns. This light pollution prevents us seeing the stars as our pre-industrial ancestors did. When did I last praise the glory of the heavens with sheer joy as I gazed at the starry sky?
How can we, how can I reduce light pollution?
In the same photo the narrow band of blue following the curve of our Earth and reminds us of the fragility of our atmosphere. It is awesome to ponder that this is the only place in the entire, vast Cosmos where we can breathe unaided.
What are we doing to the air we need to keep us alive? How are we polluting it? What can we do as a town, as a country, as a planet to take better care of our atmosphere?
To bring the changes needed by our Earth to stop polluting our air we need governments and multinationals to change the way they work. As consumers we can influence them to change. Just think about the way plastic in sea is now viewed. However, each of us needs to take action so that we can bring the changes we need to show our care for our Earth, the same Earth that Jesus walked on 2000 years ago.