What if we were all to plant fruit trees and vegetables in open, available spaces? We could green the environment and make it a better place. The plants would absorb the carbon dioxide released from our breath, and we would breathe the purified, filtered air of the oxygen released as a byproduct of plant synthesis. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
We could help alleviate hunger in the world if there were enough fruit-bearing trees and vegetables along the wayside, where one could just reach up and pluck the fruit from the vine. It’s a mitzvah to help the poor. G-d, in the very first pages of Genesis, in the Bible, has already set these life-giving gifts on our planet to the world to sustain its life. Are we taking advantage of that?
No, I feel we lack the direction and the compass G-d set for our course, to take his ball that he made, the earth, and to “run with it”. We’ve “dropped the ball”, so to speak, in using the gifts he’s put into our dominion to create good stewardship of the planet. If we planted free food, and if people had the good heart to care for it and leave some for others to enjoy, and not monopolize their findings, then many would no longer have to suffer needlessly.
Ruth was able to glean the overflow of Boaz’s harvest and, thus, feed both herself and another. Boaz’s generosity fed she and others. If we have a field, we are to allow others to take from its corners, if needed, in order to feed themselves. We ought to try to remember that it was G-d, initially, who gave us this gift of free food — and we would deny that of another?
Often, we plant landscape flowers, or let complete areas become concrete “jungles”. Urban planners, though, are now incorporating more green spaces in the built environment. We’ve learned that people suffer in entirely man-made spaces devoid of living flora. We need nature to survive.
Israel has a goal of reforestation of the desert land it is situated on. Its citizens have been intimately involved in its restoration for thousands of years. In recent times, we have created organizations, such as Jewish National Fund and Zo Artzeinu, which plant trees in Israel. Volunteers help come and do the planting. We celebrate and remember a life with the planting of trees in honor of individuals, and in their memories. It makes a nice gift to know that a tree was planted in your loved one’s name in Israel.
This doesn’t have to be solely an Israeli endeavor. Why couldn’t Africa do so and create a greener savannah throughout the plains? I know they do some of this, and, actually, Israel helps in their work, as well. But, why couldn’t this become a global movement? It actually could very easily become one. Sow a few seeds: it could be sunflowers; it could be watermelons; perhaps strawberries. Soon you’ll harvest sunflower seeds and your own strawberries. Propagate a plant cutting, and grow something new in the ground. I did. I took an overgrown vine plant given as a gift to our family, and made a clone plant; one grows in a pot, and the other grows from the earth.
Soon, we’d have the planet G-d intended for us to have. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Global Warming Prophesied As Punishment For Not Building Temple”; Breaking Israel News.com, May 5, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/67074/scientists-warn-extreme-weather-make-middle-east-uninhabitable-within-100-years/
The article by Mr. Berkowitz contains a link to a source, the Max Planck Institute, provided for additional interesting reading on the subject of a proposed prediction of weather characteristics this agency expects to occur, which see, here: Lelieveld, Prof. Dr. Johannes, et al.; Homepage/Research/Research News/More Climate Refugees From Middle East And North Africa: “Climate-Exodus Expected in the Middle East and North Africa”; from other originating sources (dated April 23rd, etc.); posted May 2, 2016 at Max Planck Gesselschaft site: https://www.mpg.de/10481936/climate-change-middle-east-north-africa