Thursday, April 24, 2008

11 Consumer Choices, 52 Sundays, 365 Days a Year

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), there are three areas of consumer behavior that, if changed, can make the most positive impact on environmental problems. Those three areas are transportation, food, and household operations (source: "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices"). The consumer choices the UCS recommends for each area are:

1.) Choose a place to live that reduces the need to drive.
2.) Think twice before purchasing another car.
3.) Choose a fuel-efficient, low-polluting car.
4.) Set concrete goals for reducing your travel.
5.) Whenever practical, walk, bicycle, or take public transportation.

6.) Eat less meat.
7.) Buy certified organic produce.

[We'd like to add, Shop at Local Farmer's Markets]

8.) Choose your home carefully.
9.) Reduce the environmental costs of heating and hot water.
10.) Install efficient lighting and appliances.
11.) Chose an electricity supplier offering renewable energy.

Several years ago, Earth Ministry developed a curriculum for congregations based on these suggestions. That curriculum is called "Caring for All Creation" and has four modules, On the Road, At the Table, In the Home, and By the Waters. Each module provides the resources necessary for churches to organize a worship service for each of these areas with a congregational action to be a part of or to follow the service. Read more about the curriculum and order today!

Earth Month doesn't have to happen once a year. Why not incorporate creation-honoring worship into our churches 52 Sundays a year and make personal changes in our homes 365 days a year?

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