“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
Members of Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance (MESA) believe that the Creation is inherently and unconditionally good! Consequently, it has a value that cannot be reckoned strictly in terms of utility or economics – a value that grounds our duty of stewardship.
We share the view expressed by Elder Nelson “…that the earth and all life upon it are of divine origin” and that “We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations.” [Russell M. Nelson, “The Creation,” Ensign, May 2000, 85-86]
We believe that we have a sacred duty to live in harmony with the natural world and in peace with one another.
We believe that our living Earth is our life-support system and that our bodies are the temples of our souls; thus, to foul the atmosphere, to poison the waters, to disrupt the climate system of Earth, or to wantonly destroy other species and ecosystems, is to desecrate God’s Creation and to harm ourselves.
We believe that we are entitled to enjoy the bounties of nature so long as we do not impair her capacity for self-renewal or disregard the welfare of others.
We believe that our stewardship responsibility requires us to engage in political action on behalf of the Creation, relying on the best science of the day as our guide.