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Letter: Sustaining life on Earth

Springtime flowers begin to break through in Centereach

Springtime flowers begin to break through in Centereach on the afternoon of March 24, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Seeking the spiritual in nature is not new [" 'You find GOD there,' " News, April 21].

Jesus went into the wilderness to pray, Moses encountered God on a mountain, and Buddha experienced enlightenment under a bodhi tree. From St. Francis to Pope Francis, similar examples abound.

Yet people, at individual and societal levels, show shockingly little regard for nature. It has been 22 years since 1,700 of the world's great scientists warned us that we inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and that many of our current practices may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know.

Since then, we've been told the same thing repeatedly in print and film, yet we've changed little. We continue to guzzle the Earth's resources through a shallow but feverish consumerism. It's appalling and, one could say, sinful.

Joseph Bonasia, Smithtown