At Godspace, environmental issues and creation care are two things we are passionate about. God has given us an amazing planet to live on, and we invite Christians to care for it and treasure it by being good stewards to creation. We have created “Simple Ways to Care for Creation”, a list of suggestions, links, and books to help you celebrate Earth Day and make a positive impact on the environment. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of environmental issues facing our planet, but by taking small, simple steps, we can all make a difference.
We offer here a selection of fun and accessible tips for caring for the environment. These ideas are designed to be manageable for everyone, regardless of age of background, and can be implemented a variety of ways to make the most sense for you. By incorporating a few of these tips into your daily routine, you can reduce your environmental impact and help protect the planet for future generations. We invite you to leave behind guilt when reading these suggestions, and come with a sense of hope and positivity. What looks intriguing or even fun? What step might not only reduce waste, but make your life easier or cheaper?
So whether you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, conserve water, or limit your use of plastic, this document has something for everyone. By taking the time to care for creation, we can all play a part in building a more sustainable and resilient world!
A sneak peak of suggestions from Simple Ways to Care for Creation:
When going out to eat, bring a takeout container to use for leftovers. One easy way it to stash a set in your car so you don’t forget it when you go out.
Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. They can reduce drying time by 10-25%, decreasing energy usage for dryer loads. Here’s a link to making your own!
Make more things from scratch such as fermentable foods. Simple things like bread or yogurt are a good start. There are lots of resources on how to brew your own kombucha or beer. Yogurt is another one that is easy and requires little extra effort to set up and ferment on your own.
Make your own “bee hotel” to provide spaces for local bees i.e. carpenter and mason bees. Here’s a guide with plenty of design suggestions and explanations for why bee hotels are good for the environment.
Switch to a bidet – it can save both trees and water! A single person uses on average 384 trees of toilet paper in a lifetime, and a single roll of toilet paper uses 37 gallons of water in manufacturing. Using a bidet uses just 1/8 of a gallon per visit, and decreases the strain put on your plumbing system.
Check out the full list as well as links to other resources and books about faith, food, and creation. Download Simple Ways to Care for Creation here!
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