HOW NOT TO INDUCE A LOVE OF NATIVE VEGETATION IN LANDHOLDERS
Governments have a God-appointed task in the prosecution of which they
should be upheld by prayer and shown respect (1
Tim. 2:1-4). This is without qualification, in regards to the
quality of the administration. Paul may have penned those words in the
times of the Emperor Nero. In regard to vegetation management, for years
the various governments of the state of Queensland, Australia, encouraged
development that led to extensive removal of native species. Recently,
a (Labour) government put the icing on the cake by banning clearing
of various species - not before word got about, so that clearing would
go on at an accelerated pace before the ban came into effect - and did
so with only minor compensation being paid to some affected landholders.
Thus they penalized environmentally friendly landholders. One outcome
of arbitrary and abrupt actions such as these is that landholders come
to fear and dislike native fauna and flora.
QLD relies on coal, so someone had to do something about climate change.
Governments have a difficult, divinely appointed task. A government,
of itself, cannot magically pull from a hat the care for people and
for the environment that we would all like to have. Ultimately, "safety
is of the Lord" (Pro. 21:31). "By humility and the
fear of the Lord are riches , and honour, and life" (Pro. 22:4).
A first step in improving the environment is to gain the "riches,
honour, and life" which allow us the relaxation and give us the
sufficiency to be able to meaningfully take on the challenges of the