The book of Numbers has many practical, modern day applications. One of these is the concept of pollution, discussed towards the end of the book. In the modern day, pollution in Numbers can be paralleled to the ‘Going Green’ movement where recycling is brought to the forefront.
From what kinds of foods to eat, to what to wear, and how to conserve energy and (link to picture) recycle, the world around us is changing. Yet time and time again, people still choose to throw that trash out the window on the side of the road or throw recyclable materials away.Numbers 35:33 reads: “You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and the land can have no expiation for blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.” As you can see, the Bible bluntly says ‘You shall not pollute the land…’, but we continue to do it frequently, often without thinking about the alternatives.
The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most recent unfortunate pollution events. It caused crude oil to leak for months (86 days as mentioned in the article) and damage habitats/threaten species, unemploy workers, disrupt travel plans, and cost billions of dollars to try and clean up. This changed the Gulf landscape forever.
This was corporateind pollution, but ‘individuals’ also pollute too. Driving a vehicle contributes to smog, although new regulations on vehicles are seeking to reduce emissions and raise fuel economy. Pollutants from smoke and industrial factories also contributes to air pollution.
Recycling is one way to try and lessen the effects of pollution and get people to think differently about polluting (and recycling in that matter). As this news article says, recycling is worth the effort. Coca-Cola launched new programs to Recycle or Reuse all of it’s bottles in the USA in 2007. Some states are passing bills to encourage more recycling by providing incentives. These increased recycling efforts will more than likely lead to these benefits of recycling, as explained by the Environmental Protection Agency.
So the next time you think about throwing a can, bottle, piece of cardboard, newspaper, or any recyclable material away, look and see if there is a recycle bin close by. Remember that pollution is discussed in the Bible, and that you are not supposed to do it. Listen to this catchy tune about the 3 R’s (3 is a magic number, you might recognize the song from several commercials) and you’ll be geared up and ready to conserve the planet!