Some people call us crunch, some call us modern day Earth lovers, I call those of us who have a passion for caring for God's Creation just Christian's who have received the call to look after what God has given us.
What is Creation Care?
Genesis tells us that God created the earth. No matter what interpretation of Genesis you take, what is clear is that God created to have living things and be among them. God instructed humanity to care for the Earth, to tend it and watch over it. Throughout scripture, we see instructions from God, like making sure we give fields a rest so they can replenish adequately, which is a form of creation care.
I personally believe it is part of my call to help care for the Earth as well as to raise my child to care for the Earth. It is how I honor God and honor my daughter.
What are some ways to Care for Creation?
One of the easiest ways to care for creation is to be aware of waste. It may seem obvious, by don't' leave trash on the ground. Trash is something that is generally manmade and will not quickly break down. The thought of the amount of waste we send to be buried in the ground every year gives me nightmares. Waste is something that keeps me from making a purchase (I'll get to that later).
Finding ways to recycle is a great way to help the environment. Think of ways you can reduce your trash.
- Use more reusable containers instead of plastic bags
- Purchase something that has been made from recycled material
- Be sure the cardboard, glass, and plastic is in the recycle can and not the trash can
These small changes can make a significant difference when it comes to affecting how much trash we use each month. I am happy when my recycling can is full before my trash can.
One In One Out Rule
Another way we try to reduce our waste is through a one in one out rule. This is something a friend tought me in seminary. Every time we purchase something, we get rid of something. For example, if I get a new pair of shoes, then I get rid of a pair of shoes.
This has multiple purposes. First, when I am shopping, and I walk down the shoe aisle, I think about the shoes I have in my closet now. Before I buy a new pair of shoes, I have to have picked out what pair of shoes I will get rid of. This means I am very confident when I buy some something that I really want it. It also helps me keep walking and not buy things that I don't really need, reducing the amought of stuff I have and as a result, the amount of waste.
We use this rule even when someone gives things to us. I think it's a great way to teach my daughter the importance of letting go of things and keeping our stuff to a minimum. I have been told that this "one in one out" rule is a bit crazy, but we have found it very helpful in a minimalistic and environmentally friendly way of life.
Digital Items Reduce Waste
We also try to go digital whenever possible to reduce clutter. Where a physical DVD would not only take up space, it uses plastic and other materials that are harmful to the environment, a digital movie has no effect on the environment other than the electricity to watch it. I would use that same eletricity no matter the movie form.
Any time we can get a book, movie, song, or anything else e digitally, we do because it helps us reduce our footprint on the environment. I started the digital book habit when in college and now have the smallest "book collection" in the office. In truth, I may have the largest book collection, you just can't see it. I never have to rid myself of a book because I don't have room for it. It lives in the cloud and doesn't cause any adverse effect on my space or the environment for keeping it.
Supporting Companies that are Environmentally Sustainable
As I close, I'd like to encourage you to consider supporting companies that are trying to make a move to be more environmentally sustainable. I will share ones that I have found that have done things to reduce waste or are working to be more green. Only when we help these companies in their efforts will it become cost-effective to be friendly to the environment. Click Here to view the companies I've personally used and support.