Central to the Bible is the Call to Action
The call to love is not passive; it requires action. Caring for God's gift of creation is an act which fulfills the commandment to love. As we care for creation, we care for ourselves and our neighbors because we are all dependent on the environment for our health and livelihood.
How to Take Action
We have the power to take action at the individual, community, and systemic levels. We can change light bulbs, conserve water, drive less and reduce waste in our personal lives. We can work within our faith communities to encourage communal commitments to sustainability and green our churches.
However, one bad policy decision can wipe out the gain made by thousands of people's faithful actions. Therefore, it is important to make both individual and congregational lifestyle changes and to work for sound environmental policies in our local, state, and national governments. Like a three-legged stool, each approach to action is important -- and Earth Ministry provides resources for all of them to help you get started.