This issue has been on my mind for some time, and is close to my heart.
I am posting this topic in General Satanism Discussion as well as Questions about the CoS as I am also curious about CoS policy in regards to the topic.
Global warming has recently become a hot topic.
Background info here.
Heaps of information on climate change here
0.13 °C. The amount the atmosphere is warming each decade
1.3 times as much CO2 is entering the atmosphere compared with just 20 years ago
3 kilometres. The depth to which the oceans have warmed
3.1 centimetres. The rise in sea level each decade
90 per cent certainty that we are to blame
Several reports here.
Not only does the human pursuit for material success contribute to the destruction and pollution of earth, but hence to the death of thousands of animals.
Recently in Western Australia 5000 birds just dropped dead out of the sky. Environmental toxins are suspected.
Fish deaths and animals killed by litter.
Land clearing is the main cause of salinity in the state and many other types of land degradation such as soil loss. It exacerbates drought. Land clearing kills millions of birds and animals each year and is identified as one of the key threats to 240 animals listed as endangered or threatened in NSW.
10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
Does this only apply if you kill with your own two hands? If so, why? We are killing animals now simply as a result of pollution, caused by our thirst for material gain. Why is this ok?
It has gone beyond us humans simply soiling our own lair, we are destroying our planet. Does this not go against self-preservation?
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
As Satanists we claim to be responsible, above the herd. Should we not take some responsibility for the affect we have on the environment? Are we not otherwise hypocrites?
6th Satanic Sin:
6. Lack of Perspective—Again, this one can lead to a lot of pain for a Satanist. You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into place. Do not be swayed by herd constraints—know that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world.
Surely this applies to global warming and pollution of earth. By our nature as Satanists we strive for excellence and material success, BUT this has an affect on animals and our environment. We NOW know that it is killing the planet, so in addition to striving for success should we not also have rules supporting preservation of the planet?
My main question here is, as Satanism goes against harming animals, and stands for responsibility and self-preservation, should we not be doing something more?
Pentagonal Revisionism was written in 1988 before this global problem was well known. My suggestion is that it could include something regarding the preservation of our global environment.
There are always things that we can do as individuals to help. I feel that the state of the planet (and where it is heading) is so serious that the stance of Satanism on the issue of personal responsibility to global health should be written somewhere.
I apologise if I have spoken out of line, as I am not a member of the CoS yet and hence should perhaps not make suggestions for your policies.