Creation Care

Mission Statement:  As followers of Christ, it is important that we respect the Lord’s creation and treat it as a gift, as that is what it is. We often misuse this gift and treat it as if it belongs to us, instead of respecting it for whose it is, protecting it, and living on it in a sustainable manner. We sometimes misunderstand the earth to be indestructible, but as recent events have shown, the earth is not indestructible. It will take more sustainable living practices to help heal the earth so that our children’s children will be able to also cherish it.

What we are encouraging you to do is to think more responsibly about how we treat the earth and what sort of everyday practices we are use that harm the earth. There are simple ways that you can help to live more sustainable, respect the Lord’s creation, and live how we are called to live as followers of Christ.

Consider installing your house with solar power, recycling and only buying recyclable products, using a sustainable bag for grocery shopping, installing energy efficient light bulbs, bicycling instead of driving, creating a community garden within your neighborhood, shopping at your local farmer’s market, being efficient with water, and being involved with an educational environment group.

Break Ground

Floresta (www.floresta.org)

Help combat deforestation and plant new life.  Plant a tree in a developing country for only $1.00!

World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog (www.worldvisiongifts.org)

  • Everyone needs their vitamins!  Provide 10 fruit trees for only $60.  These tree will not only provide vital nutrients, but they will also give new income to sellers and restore the earth even more.
  • Give a “Field of Dreams” to farming families with improved seeds for better harvests.  Only $17!!!
  • “Teach a man to fish”- Build and stock a fish pond - $20    
  • Lack of fresh water kills more people a day than anything else!  Invest in a well! 
    • Share of a deep well: $100
    • Traditional Well: $5,490
    • Deep Well: $18,000

Heifer International (www.heifer.org)

Choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Purchase all different sorts of animals from duck to heifer!

Dig Deeper

Green giving (www.greenguide.com/products)

Still want to give someone a tangible gift?  Why not make it a gift that helps either the environment and/or the person that made it?

There are several different buying guides ranging from cleaning products, to paper, to coffee.  These guides can give benchmarks and help you make a better and more educated decision as to purchasing items that are made from recyclable materials, are being fairly traded, or organic. 

Amongst the Roots

There are many different websites that you can go to which help everyday practices for sustainable living.

www.41pounds.org

www.campaignearth.org

www.green-living.com