The headline of the Dec. 7 editorial “Trump’s unprecedented assault on Mother Nature” correctly describes President Trump’s decision to slash the size of two national monuments in Utah. If you treasure the web of life that God entrusted to our care; if you respect the soul’s need for wildness and beauty; and if you understand our moral responsibility to future generations to protect some God-given areas from being destroyed, then you know that handing nearly 2 million acres of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to developers, loggers, and fossil fuel companies is like spitting in God’s face.
Like many Christians, I am appalled that Trump seems intent on desecrating every last inch of creation, pillaging every last natural resource, destroying every last habitat, and abandoning every last regulation and treaty preserving clean air and water and maintaining the stability of our global climate. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument may be next on Trump’s chopping block. We treasure this monument, which, like Noah’s ark, protects and shelters a precious diversity of life, including endangered species. We pray that Trump will come to his senses and spare this corner of God’s Creation.
The writer is missioner for creation care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and in the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ.