Sustainability is at the heart of economic and environmental justice. What is enough? How are our lifestyles affecting the rest of God's creation? Can we live our lives so that generations to come will also share in God's created abundance?
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture?
Ezekiel 34, NRSV
Currently, most residents of the United States and other industrialized nations are using and consuming resources at an unsustainable rate. With the global population projected to increase dramatically in the next 50 years, further strain will be placed on earth's capacity to provide for all God's children. From energy production to water consumption and forest depletion to waste generation, overconsumptive lifestyles are damaging creation and fueling conflict and injustice.
By following the three R's - reduce, reuse, recycle - we can live lives that tread more lightly on the earth and more equitably share the abundance God has entrusted to us.
Experience, Equip, Engage
- Reduce: Buy less stuff.
- Reuse & Recycle: Use reusable containers and recycle paper, glass, aluminum and plastics.
- Refuse: Don't use plastic bags. Bring a cloth sack when you go shopping.