Culture At Large

Earth Day resources for Christians (part 2)

Kim

With many issues, Christians get involved by political activism, making charitable contributions, or volunteering time. But with a cause like caring for the environment, there are a multitude of actions we can change in our daily lives to make a difference. Below are just a few starting points for those of us who feel called to honor and protect God's creation, with sections on creation care Bible studies and environmental resources specifically for churches.

What can we do?

In the comments to my first post, Renee recommended this article on 50 things you can do to protect the planet, ranging from fairly easy actions like not pre-heating your oven to major undertakings like building a "green roof."

The Green Guide has tons of tips on environmentally-friendly products you can buy.

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility has resources on environmental justice, a grassroots movement combatting "the practice of locating toxic operations -- including landfills, incinerators and chemical power plants -- near politically powerless communities, typically low income neighborhoods and communities of color."

The Evangelical Environmental Network lists a plethora of tips on environmentally responsible transportation choices.

The Christian Vegetarian Association provides nutrition information, vegetarian recipes, and Biblical support for choosing a plant-based diet.

The Mennonite Central Committee's World Community Cookbooks encourage us to eat locally grown, seasonal, unprocessed, and low-meat meals.

For those of you who want to reduce the chemicals you and your families are exposed to in the home, Christy at Dry Bones Dance has twoposts on environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Bible Studies

The Evangelical Environmental Network has information on small groups devoted to studying creation care.

Marah International, a Christian environmental and health organization has developed Biblestudies on "apply[ing] Biblical principles to understanding and protecting our environment" and misconceptions that Christians have about the environment.

For Churches

The website for the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Programs has a wealth of resources for congregations ranging from green church buildings to water conservation.

Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program provides fair trade coffee for church coffee hours. Fair trade pays fair prices to small coffee farmers and promotes ecologically sustainable farming practices.

Foods Resource Bank, "a non-government humanitarian organization committed providing food security in the developing world through sustainable small-scale agricultural production," presents an eight-week series for church bulletins on myths about world hunger.

The Interfaith Climate Change Network has tips on energy efficiency for congregations.

The Regeneration Project's Interfaith Power and Light Program encourages renewable energy, energy conservation, and efficiency.

The What Would Jesus Drive? campaign helps churches encourage members to carpool.

The Evangelical Environmental Network provides resources for Creation Sunday, an occasion for celebrating God's creation usually held the Sunday closest to Earth Day (April 22), including worship materials and sermon outlines.

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