Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation

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We are facing planet-sized challenges. Climate change and environmental crises can be pretty immobilizing, and we can fall into the temptation of thinking that we can't make a difference. But it's not just about what we can do on our own to make a difference. It's about what we can do when we mobilize together as a movement and combine for community action.

Activist Ben Lowe calls the present generation to come together and care for the earth in a way that recent generations ...

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Overview

We are facing planet-sized challenges. Climate change and environmental crises can be pretty immobilizing, and we can fall into the temptation of thinking that we can't make a difference. But it's not just about what we can do on our own to make a difference. It's about what we can do when we mobilize together as a movement and combine for community action.

Activist Ben Lowe calls the present generation to come together and care for the earth in a way that recent generations have not. Telling real-life stories of community organizing on college campuses across the nation, Lowe shows us that little things can make a big difference when we all work together. We now have an opportunity to show the world what it looks like when Christians care for the planet God gave us, so that future generations can live sustainably. This is our moment. This is our issue. Come join the green revolution.

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Editorial Reviews

Eugene H. Peterson
"The Christian youth of America are making their mark in a Genesis- and Jesus-based commitment to creation conservation. Ben Lowe speaks for them and is out to add to their ranks. His witness and invitation seethe with hope and energy. Listen to him. Join him."
Bill McKibben
"This is the book we need. No set of challenges calls more directly to people of faith than these environmental cataclysms--the de-creation we are now engaged in. Here's strong evidence of both the good thinking and great energy needed to set things right."
Paul Corts
"Ben writes with a refreshingly youthful and transparent style that is at times penetrating and disturbing, and at other times light and casual. The book is a good read for the Metro--it doesn't require reading in a single setting!"
Will Samson
"Ben Lowe writes with a fresh voice about an issue that affects each of us deeply. Pick up this book and join the green revolution today!"
Timothy George
"A new generation of younger evangelicals is leading the way in showing us how to be mindful of our stewardship for the world in which we live, not as a substitute for biblical faith but as a faithful expression of it. Ben Lowe's book helps us do just that. I recommend it to all Christians everywhere."
Peter Harris
"Ben Lowe has been an outstanding pioneer of practical caring for creation. His generation is probably the one that most urgently needs to understand and live by the passionate convictions that he has expressed so eloquently in these pages. If they do we may enter a season of hope. If they don't, we are probably, most literally, cooked."
Jonathan Merritt
"Green Revolution is more than a great book. It's a powerfully convincing invitation to join a fresh movement of God. Thanks, Ben Lowe, for your faithful creation witness!"
Joel C. Hunter
"Ben Lowe has done us all a favor: he has assembled some of the most notable teachers in the world to mentor us on the greatest of coming revolutions. This planet is our great gift from God, but it is also our sobering responsibility to renew for the poor and the coming generations. In these pages you will find the intellectual and practical path forward. This book will develop your strategy and your faith."
from the foreword by Shane Claiborne
"I am grateful for Ben Lowe's book. Green Revolution is an invitation, not just to believe that another world is possible, but to begin enacting it now."
Susan Drake Emmerich
"I commend this book to all college students and concerned citizens of God's earth. Lowe gets it right! Biblical environmental stewardship is about the transformation of hearts and minds, and about incarnational living on earth. The book's case studies and stories illuminate and provide a useful framework to help Christians relearn what it means to love God, neighbor and creation."
Dr. Ed Johnson
"Ben Lowe makes a compelling case for the role of colleges and universities in preparing tomorrow's creation care servant leaders. This book is must-reading for those faculty, students and institutional leaders who will be called to teach and model new ways of thinking and living if we are to heal our planet."
Craig Detweiler
"Ben Lowe offers a practical (and Biblical!) how-to guide for weaving creation care into your church or campus ministry. It is full of tangible examples and real-life stories about how to catalyze the next generation's interest in nurturing the environment."
P.J. Ruschmann
"Green Revolution is a book with a vision of a better world realized not with great wealth, ambition, or resources, but with the possibilities, potential and power of empathy, compassion, and faith in action."
Marianne Peters
"Lowe has written a book that provides motivation and resources for those who want to get involved in environmental stewardship."
John Pattison
"Lowe uses Scripture to make a compelling case that God's mission to restore shalom extends to the natural world, and that is is our privelge and responsibility to participate in that mission."
John Murdock
"Lowe's voice is original and worth hearing. Green Revolution is part ecological, theological, and political primer, part road warrior for the planet memoir, and part how-to book. Although likely to resonate best with teens and twenty-somethings, there is something here for people of every age. Pastors especially would benefit from reading this fresh, transparent, and evangelically orthodox account written by a member of the generation that is often not sitting in their pews. Ben Lowe offers a holisitic vision for creation care, one that does not place this task above other aspects of the Gospel, but rightly includes it in the work of bringing God's shalom to all the earth."
Christine Sine
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this little book. In fact I think that it is a great book for all Christians who are interested in creation care to read. I found Green Revolution to be a well researched and informative book."
Christy P.
"This is a book that's been needed for a LONG time! This book is inspirational, informative, and even occasionally witty in its call to action. Every Christian college student (and those who aren't in college as well!) should read this book, then go outside and DO something about the environment."
Paul Corts
"Ben writes with a refreshingly youthful and transparent style that is at times penetrating and disturbing, and at other times light and casual.The book is a good read for the Metro--it doesn't require reading in a single setting!"
Shane Claiborne
"I am grateful for Ben Lowe's book. Green Revolution is an invitation, not just to believe that another world is possible, but to begin enacting it now."
Doctor - Ed Johnson
"Ben Lowe makes a compelling case for the role of colleges and universities in preparing tomorrow's creation care servant leaders. This book is must-reading for those faculty, students and institutional leaders who will be called to teach and model new ways of thinking and living if we are to heal our planet."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830836246
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Lowe is on staff with the Evangelical Environmental Network and serves as the national spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. A dedicated activist and organizer, Ben was raised as a missionary kid in Southeast Asia and now lives as part of an intentional community in a refugee and immigrant neighborhood outside Chicago, where he ran for US Congress in 2010. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and author of Green Revolution.

Shane Claiborne is a preacher, writer and lover of Jesus. He attended Eastern University, where he studied sociology and youth ministry. Claiborne is cofounder of The Simple Way and is currently a part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association. He is the author of The Irresistible Revolution and coauthor of Jesus for President. Catch up with him at thesimpleway.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Shane Claiborne
Introduction: Why a Revolution?Part 1: Reality Check
1. Incompatible Foolishness: Our Plan for the World vs. God's
Uplink: Will Samson, author of Justice in the Burbs
2. Prodigal Treehuggers: Our Place in God's Plan
Uplink: Fred Van Dyke, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Studies Program, Wheaton College
3. From Insulation to Incarnation: The Journey Back to God's Plan
Uplink: Peter Harris, International Director, A RochaPart 2: Changing Our Communities
4. The Heat Is On: The Current Creation Care Movement and the Climate Crisis That Sparked It
Uplink: Vince Morris, Risk Manager, Wheaton College
5. Spheres of Change: Where This Movement Is Germinating
Uplink: Paul Corts, President, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
6. Transformation: A Movement of Change
Uplink: Bettie Ann Brigham, Vice President for Student Development, Eastern University
7. Mustard Seed Organizing: How This Movement Grows
Uplink: Janel Curry, Dean of Research, Calvin College, and Chair, Evangelical Environmental Network
8. Molehills: Overcoming Obstacles to Growth
Uplink: Ed Johnson, Executive Director, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
9. Sustaining Sustainability: Keeping the Movement Alive
Uplink: Jeff Greenberg, professor, Wheaton CollegePart 3: A Bigger Vision
10. Synthesis: Connecting Into the Bigger Picture
Uplink: Dorothy Boorse, Professor of Biology, Gordon College
11. Red, Blue or Green? The Role of Politics in Caring for Creation
Uplink: Jonathan Merrit, National Spokesperson, Southern Baptist Enviornment and Climate Initiative
12. We Hug Trees for Jesus: Engaging the World for Christ
Uplink: Ajith Fernando, National Director, Youth For Christ, Sri Lanka
Epilogue: A Generation of Hope
Acknowledgments
Afterword by J. Matthew Sleeth, M. D.
Appendix A: Good Books
Appendix B: Helpful Websites
Appendix C: Organizations Involved in Creation Care
Appendix D: A Rocha USA
Appendix E: Renewal
Acknowlegments
Notes
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