Earth Day in Amish country has a special significance. Folks here are rooted in the earth. They’re farmers, tilling, laboring, sweating, and working without electricity or modern conveniences from sunrise to sunset. Everything they do is done by hand or with the help of animals. Their simple lifestyle and their farming techniques really pay off for them, healthwise.
A study of the Amish, published in the January 2004 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that the obesity rate among Amish farmers and their wives is only 4 percent. An Amish farmer, plowing fields behind a team of horses, averages 51,000 steps in one day–compared to 2,000-3,000 for the average US office worker. They are six times more active than the average non-Amish citizen, and it bears healthy fruit–in the longevity of their lives and in the productivity of their farms.
The Iroquois, a Native American tribe, believe that they are required to live on the earth with a reverence that preserves the earth for seven generations forward. We could learn some serious lessons about what Christian Stewardship really means from both of these cultures.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.” God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:26-28.)