50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference

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This guide outlines fifty ways in which you, your congregation, and your local community can help fight global warming and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship. 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one's faith.

This easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: "Water," "Energy," "Transportation," "Food and ...

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Overview

This guide outlines fifty ways in which you, your congregation, and your local community can help fight global warming and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship. 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one's faith.

This easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: "Water," "Energy," "Transportation," "Food and Agriculture," "People," "Other Species," and "Wilderness and Land." Each chapter begins with a statement on how the content relates to global warming, followed by seven action items ranging from individual efforts to activities that encourage the involvement of the congregational and wider communities.

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In a slim handbook, Barnes-Davies, former director of Presbyterians Restoring Creation, gives readers real world, practical tips and encouragement for putting their faith into action as responsible stewards of God's creation. The book's organization (seven chapters with seven sections each and a culminating 50th item) reflects the "Jubilee" in Leviticus, which the author interprets as a mandate to care for the environment as a way of caring for others. Each of the 50 useful suggestions includes brief description of a specific action serving the environment, followed by half a dozen or so "how-tos" and a blurb about a particular group that is "walking the talk." But it's not all hard work for change. The seventh item in each chapter directs readers to slow down, relax and enjoy intentional Sabbath moments. The clear and practical advice is a welcome addition to the increasing awareness among faith communities that environmental issues are religious, too. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664233709
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 125
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Rebecca Barnes-Davies is an environmental activist with over a decade of experience in advocating for public policy changes, educating groups of concerned Christians, and writing numerous articles. She is a consultant for Environmental and Social Justice Ministries and also served as the Director of Presbyterians Restoring Creation. She is currently studying at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction 8

1 Energy 12

Reduce Energy Consumption 14

Support Renewable Energy 16

Advocate for Clean Air Laws 18

Work to Stop Mountaintop Removal 20

Build and Renovate Green 22

Audit Energy Use 24

Rest and Relax 25

2 Food and Agriculture 26

Eat Locally and Seasonally 28

Go Organic 30

Eat Lower on the Food Chain 32

Garden 34

Connect Daily Bread to Eucharist 36

Advocate Sustainable Agriculture Policies 38

Enjoy "Slow Food" 40

3 Transportation 42

Don't Be Baffled by Biofuels 44

Assess Automobiles 46

Participate in Public Transit 48

Check Out Carpooling and Ridesharing 50

Travel by Sky or Sea? 52

Walk or Bike Your Way to Good Health for Yourself and the Planet 54

Stay at Home 56

4 Water 58

Reduce Personal Water Consumption 60

Stop Purchasing Bottled Water 62

Learn about Local Water Concerns 64

Live within the Limits of Your Watershed 66

Clean Up Our Water 68

Advocate for Effective Water Policies 70

Celebrate Water! 72

5 People 74

Advocate for Environmental Justice 76

Learn about Children's Environmental Health 78

Support Disaster Assistance 80

Consider Overpopulation and Overconsumption 82

Work for Economic Justice 84

Work for Peace 86

Build Community 88

6 Other Species 90

Preserve Biodiversity 92

Protest Pesticides 94

Remove Invasive Species 96

Watch What You Eat 98

Host a Blessing of the Animals 100

Create Backyard Habitats 102

Enjoy God's Creation 104

7 Wilderness and Land 106

Plant Trees 108

Learn about Local Land Use 110

Make Space for More Green 112

Purchase Products That Protect Wilderness 114

Treasure the Globe's Wild Places 116

Leave No Trace 118

GetOutdoors 120

8 Live Jubilee! 122

Notes 126

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