Time for Living the Change Talking Points is a document from Living the Change that offers helpful ways to talk about what “living the change” means. The document discusses why sustainable behavior changes are important and how faith can play a role. To read all of the talking points, click here.
Time for Living the Change is a global initiative between religious and spiritual communities to encourage local sustainability events and celebrations around the world. The goals of this event are to:
- align with faithful values
- allow a future for all by taking care of the Earth
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent waste and harm
- send a strong message to communities, decision-makers and businesses and governments
- share and celebrate the decisions people make in their own lives to allow a flourishing world for all
- share stories of change
- lift up leaders and sustainable solutions in our own community
- learn from one another
- offer guidance around transitioning towards sustainable living
To read more about Time for Living the Change, click here.
Living the Change is an organization that is committed to sustainable living through choices in transportation, energy use, and diet. These are choices that people make on a daily basis, and by choosing to change your lifestyle, you can help change the world. Living the Change believes that it is every faithful person’s responsibility to make these choices for a flourishing world. To read more about Living the Change, click here.
10 Things in Your Home Linked to Climate Change is a resource from Catholic Relief Services on simple ways your house could be contributing to climate change. The resource offers facts on 10 simple things, such as fish and coffee, that can have major impacts on the environment. To read more about 10 Things in Your Home Linked to Climate Change, click here.
Hungering for Justice; A Luther and the Economy Study Guide is a resource from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This extensive study guide covers topics such as sustainability, caring for creation, household economies, food and hunger, and more. To read or download the entire study guide, click here.
EcoFaith Recovery has created a resource for carbon fasting. They explain what exactly a carbon fast is, why engaging in one can be beneficial, and how to involve an entire community in a carbon fast. They also offer a carbon fast report form to help keep track of weekly carbon fasting activities. To read more, click here.
Clergy and religious leaders from across Michigan and the Midwest hand delivered a message of faith to Ford Motor Company Headquarters. They are calling on the company to publicly stand by national clean car standards.
“As a person of faith, we were called to ask Ford to use their power and influence to stand up for strong clean car standards, as they exist,” stated Marchelle Phelps, president of Detroit Conference United Methodist Women. “The standards are good for all humanity and creation, and we know automakers can meet them.”
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Evangelical Environmental Network has created a resource with Biblical guidance on how single-use plastic is contrary to God’s design. They believe that single use plastics are clogging up God’s great cycle of life and harming God’s creatures. As part of EEN’s pledge against straws and other single use plastics, they stated:
“God didn’t create plastic. If there is one thing that thumbs its nose at the Creator’s design, if there is one product that contradicts what Ecclesiastes proclaims — “the earth remains the same through the ages” — it is plastic.”
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The Church of England will divest its $16 billion fund from companies that are not aligning themselves with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The decision, which passed by a majority of 347 to 4 votes, states that the church will sell stakes in companies not taking steps towards climate goals by 2023. On its website, the Church of England said, “We believe that responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation. Our environmental campaign exists to enable the whole church to address—in faith, practice and mission—the issue of climate change.” To read more, click here.
To see a general overview of Simpler Living, Compassionate Life click here.
In this section (How Much Is Enough?: Lifestyles, Global Economics, and Justice): “The Big Economy, The Great Economy” by Michael Schut (73-79); “Christian Faith and the Degradation of Creation” by John B. Cobb Jr. (80-89); “How Much is Enough” by Alan Durning (90-98); “Word and Flesh” by Wendell Berry
For simple living to truly be a meaningful and Christian lifestyle, it must not only serve to restore the ecological creation but also those members of the human creation whose lives are impoverished. This section begins to tie together the seemingly disparate sections of our own individual choices and their larger impact on human lives and the economy. The section opens quote from Robert Stivers reminding readers that the Bible, in no uncertain terms, calls believers to seek justice and protect the poor.
Any attempt to contextualize global economy could easily become unwieldy and difficult for the average reader. These essays outline how the habits of the biggest consumers have created an economy that has consequences for those who consume significantly less. It argues that both consumption extremes, over-consumption, and poverty are bad and invites readers to consider a middle path of mindful consumption.
Food is introduced as one example of our unjust over-consumption. In the industrial economy, we’ve created a population separated from the growing process of the food they eat. The supply lines between natural resources to consumer are long. One significant change each of us can make is to commit to shortening the supply lines between us and our food. The section that follows will explore more specific steps that thoughtful consumers may take to disrupt long supply lines.