Over the weekend the North Little Rock Baha’i community participated in the annual “Great North Little Rock Clean-up,” part of the City of North Little Rock’s beautification initiative. The Baha’i group cleaned the nature trail behind the old YMCA facility by picking up trash and debris.
The Great North Little Rock Clean-Up is a special one-day community event designed to encourage residents to join in a litter clean-up of neighborhoods and city streets, parks, trails, and river banks. The event draws families, youth groups, businesses, churches, community groups, and civic clubs, and it is designed to clean up the city, to educate young and old about the environment, to promote recycling, city beautification, concern for the environment, energy efficiency, and a multitude of other reasons to Keep North Little Rock Beautiful.
At the very heart of the Bahá’í view of the relationship between humanity and the natural universe is the belief that all of creation is an expression of the many names and attributes of an all-powerful God. Baha’u’llah identifies “the very earth which is trodden beneath the feet of all men” as “the thing which is the source of his prosperity, his wealth, his might, his exaltation, his advancement and power,” and encourages His followers to be good stewards of the planet and its resources.