|What is an Environmental Steward? |
This concept of stewardship dates from the beginning of time, when God entrusted the earth to Adam and Eve and their offspring (cf. Gen. 1:26-28). All men are stewards of the earth’s resources. Stewardship respects the purpose for which things were made. ¹ According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental stewards strive to sustain natural resources and our environment for future generations. ²
The importance of environmental stewardship, particularly in Louisiana, is illustrated when we review wetlands habitat and energy issues. “Louisiana’s wetlands provide critical habitat and food resources for some of our nation’s most productive recreational and commercial fisheries. The abundance of our fisheries is directly attributed to the millions of acres of coastal marsh used as a nursery by young fish and shellfish.
Additionally, Louisiana’s 3 million acres of coastal wetlands provide habitat for over 5 million migratory waterfowl annually and also serve as a home to many endangered or threatened species.” ³ The oil and gas industry is critical to the economic health of Louisiana and the security of the nation. “Wetlands and barrier islands protect billions of dollars worth of oil and gas infrastructure from wave and storm damage. This disappearing land is a key part of the nation’s energy system. Nearly 25% of all the oil and gas consumed in America and 80% of the nation’s offshore oil and gas travels through Louisiana’s wetlands. The rich resources of Louisiana will become increasingly more important to the future of the United States.” ³
Each company works to reduce their environmental footprint. Key values embraced include accountability, innovation, integrity and respect. The St. John Industrial Group members are proud to be stewards of the environment.
Earth Day first started on April 22, 1970 through the efforts of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Since that day over 30 years ago, the Earth Day movement has grown to become an international effort to protect the planet and appreciate the resources it provides. Good stewardship doesn’t just mean celebrating the Earth once every year. It requires action every day of the year to appreciate the resources we have and protect them for future generations.”