What can you personally do when Christian discipleship calls you to care for God’s gift of creation?
What can you do when the driving forces behind ecological destruction and climate change are so big they feel completely beyond your control or ability to make any difference whatsoever?
What practical things can you do to respond to statements calling for the care of creation like the statement below from leading evangelical organizations like the Lausanne Movement, World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Micah Global, Tearfund, A Rocha, etc.?
Love for God, our neighbors and the wider creation, as well as our passion for justice, compel us to “urgent and prophetic ecological responsibility” . . . [thus we] call on the global evangelical community to take steps, personally and collectively, to live within the proper boundaries of God’s good gift in creation, to engage further in its restoration and conservation, and to equitably share its bounty with each other.
The Gospel and Care of Creation: Call to Action (2012)
CHOOSE FAITH-CONSISTENT SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES
Living the Change doesn’t have all the answers to these questions, but encouraging and equipping the Christian community to step out and make personal sustainable lifestyle commitments motivated from a heart of faithful discipleship is part of the solution. While looking squarely in the face of overwhelming ecological problems, making personal faith-consistent lifestyle choices is something each one of us has the power to do in little ways, and sometimes in big ways. This is especially true if sustainable living choices are made in one of three high impact lifestyle areas–diet, transportation, and energy.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A LARGE COLLECTIVE IMPACT
If millions of Christians made faith-consistent sustainable lifestyle commitments our community would have a big collective impact for the better on creation, the climate, and the wellbeing of our neighbors, especially those suffering from poverty who are hurt the most from the effects of climate change and polluted ecosystems.
So that’s what Living the Change is all about, encouraging and equipping evangelical Christians
to make faith-consistent sustainable lifestyle choices for a ﬂourishing world. We’re glad you’ve found us, and we invite you to explore the rest of these webpages and to make your own Living the Change sustainable lifestyle commitment.
The 3 Priorities of Climate Friendly Living
Reducing ENERGY use and transitioning to clean renewable energy sources can save up to 1.6 tonnes of CO per year per person.
A car-free lifestyle can save up to 2.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, while each roundtrip transatlantic ﬂight avoided saves an additional 1.6 tonnes.
Eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO emissions per year. This represents 4 times more greenhouse gas emissions per year than recycling. It is an ethical approach to eating with an added bonus of improving health and wellbeing.