I think it’s great that churches and religious organizations are getting into this! I have heard of others, of course there are not just 6, but I found this article and had to share. It highlights 6 churches of different denominations and how they are embracing sustainability and going green. Check it out- it’s enlightening!
One of the fundamental teachings of most religions- caring for, acting kindly towards and loving thy neighbor- absolutely aligns with sustainability and living a green way of life. Simple examples: those that don’t recycle are not considering their neighbor in India where tons and tons of plastic bottles end up each year. Those that create and sell cosmetics that have lead and mercury in them are not caring for their neighbor who buys their goods. “Farmers” farming livestock in cramped, disease ridden CAFOs and pumping livestock full of antibiotics to survive in these operations are not thinking of those that don’t have a voice. The water pollution and toxicity from those operations also detrimentally impacts the “Farmer’s” downstream neighbors. (The list goes on. Visit the Center for Sustainability to learn more)
Many Churches have a huge influence over the way people think and act. They effectively organize action and thought by imparting values and messages to their congregations. Being good stewards of our own bodies, eating healthy and green, using green (homemade is great!) products, minimizing our consumption of and exposure to toxins will result in being good stewards of the earth as well as our neighbors. So, yeah, I am really excited to see the churches getting behind this message.
What do you think?