Jackie Gingrich Cushman

This effect helps "children with attention-deficit disorder have fewer symptoms in natural settings," Lehrer writes. "When surrounded by trees and animals, they are less likely to have behavioral problems and are better able to focus on a particular task."

Exposure to the natural environment reduces stress and helps us focus. We need nature -- and nature needs us to treat it well.

Additionally, we need to redefine sustainable living as something that sustains us not only environmentally but also economically. If we cannot figure out how to create a sustainable economic model along with a sustainable environmental model, then any fix won't last -- just ask any company or individual facing bankruptcy.

Even governments have to figure out how to finance expenditures over time, either through additional taxes or by printing additional money, which fuels inflation and lowers purchasing power.

In the past decade, the global warming focus and controversy has twisted love and care for the Earth into a political wrestling match. Scare tactics and inflammatory language have created a bitter divide between those who believe global warming is real and those who believe we are in a natural cycle of temperature change.

The administration's proposed global warming fix focuses on regulation and controls (i.e., cap and trade), rather than good stewardship of the Earth that God created. The 1970s Earth Day message of conservation has become overwhelmed by a message of fear, hijacked by a government that wants to effect change through legislation.

So, Who Cares About Global Warming? The issue itself is so polarizing and emotional that the long-term goal -- living in peace and harmony with the Earth -- is overlooked and trampled. We get lost in the argument and rarely stop to talk about what could be a mutual long-term vision. Though speculation and data support both sides of the argument, the true answer won't be known in our lifetimes.

Meanwhile, our goal should be to treat the Earth, our home created for us by God, with kindness and love while creating economic and environmental sustainability. Let's get over the argument about whether global warming exists and get to work conserving our environment in an economically sustainable way.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.