Today is Earth Day. The Galveston County Daily News carried an article this morning offering new hope that we may have an opportunity to see curbside recycling in this community. The City Council will have to amend its existing ordinance to allow an entrepreneur to develop curbside recycling and convert the materials into useful products. The present ordinance requires that any recycled materials that are picked up must be delivered to the city's recycling center. Since the city doesn't pick up recyclables because it considers it too expensive, why would it care what someone else does with them? Let's hope Council will change the ordinance and give someone a shot at it. It will be exciting to see somebody willing to take a risk get something done that will help the environment and perhaps help Galveston set an example for the people who visit our island home.
Here is a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer that is especially appropriate for Earth Day:
O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.