I remember a few summers ago the news was filled with predictions that all greenery in the Chicago area would disappear because the cascades were coming. Well as of yesterday things still look green so I guess the birds downloaded the Open Table app and went to town.
My first experience in ministry marked a turning point in my understanding of the environmental relationships. The United Church provided a program where you could go and try out ministry and if you made a flub of it, no one would here about it till years later, so remote were these locations.
I was in Ear Falls, a little hydro dam up 100 miles or so from Vermillion Bay, on the way to where the highway ends in Red Lake. I was running a summer camp for kids who were from a Indian village 700 miles further north of Red lake.
In the 19th century, it was established that life had begun in the oceans, some scientists reasoned that the earliest forms of life might still be there, hidden in the deep, dark recesses of the open sea, where human beings cannot descend. They were certain that in that world of darkness lay the first forms of life. In 1872, Sir Charles Thomson left England aboard a ship called the Challenger to sail through all the oceans of the world to test this theory. For four years they sailed the oceans, sixty-nine thousand miles, dragging the ocean bottom.