Walking lightly on the earth

By  Sara Loftson, The Catholic Register
  • November 20, 2006
Jerome BiolloCALGARY  - Jerome Biollo tries to do his part to reduce his human footprint on the earth. When Biollo, a 25-year-old geologist, moved into his new home in February 2005 in northwest Calgary, he got into the habit of recycling and composting. He also installed energy-saving light bulbs throughout his entire house and a programmable thermostat to regulate room temperature.

"We're stewards of the earth, we don't own it," said Biollo. 

Biollo grew up in Golden, B.C.,  on 15 hectares of forested property, which is selectively logged every 30 years. While growing up close to nature his parents instilled in him respect for the earth as they were avid composters and recyclers who raised free-range chickens. 

Biollo has worked in many of the primary sector industries over the years. As a student he spent his summers working with a geotechnical company doing  statistical analysis of how well the company implemented  environmental logging, using a gondola instead a road to log trees.

Biollo had a first-hand look at mining practices while working out in the field for North Gate Exploration in remote areas of northern B.C.

"It takes a huge amount of work to put together a mine. We've only got one planet. We're not supposed to strip-mine it then move on," said Biollo, who now works for Devon Canada Corporation, the Canadian subsidiary of Devon Energy Corporation, an oil and gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City.

In his free time, Biollo is the Catholic Christian Outreach Bible study co-ordinator for the University of Calgary Catholic Community. He is working on a presentation about how Catholics can be stewards of the earth. 

In Genesis it says "we have dominion over (animals and plants), but it's our responsibility to make sure they survive. It's not just people we are to take care of. It's the earth as well."

Biollo said that learning to take care of nature starts with getting to know our own human nature.

"It's our nature to take the easy way. We're greedy and self-centred. That's part of our fallen nature. It takes time and effort to know Christ and to take care of the earth.... you need to take care of what God has given you."

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