15 little things you can do to use your faith to improve the environment
Posted in , Jan 1, 2007
Earth Day is the perfect time to make a positive change in how you treat the environment. Does going green seem overwhelming? Look no further than your faith. Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of Serve God, Save the Planet, offers easy spiritual steps you can do today, this week, and this month to improve our planet for generations to come.
5 Things You Can Do Today
1. Read one Bible verse about God's love for his creation, such as Psalm 24:1.
2. Pick up and throw away any trash you see on the ground.
3. Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving.
4. Give something away.
5. Spend at least 10 minutes quietly in nature (it's okay if that means your backyard or your town park).
5 Things You Can Do This Week
1. Take a day of rest—no shopping, no working, no driving.
2. Recycle everything you possibly can.
3. Change at least some of the light bulbs in your home from incandescent ones to compact fluorescents.
4. Air dry your laundry on a clothesline.
5. Find out about an organization that is working to save the Earth.
5 Things You Can Do This Month
1. Organize a prayer group to study how the Bible talks about caring for creation.
2. Stock up on cloth shopping bags to kick the paper habit.
3. Talk to your school or workplace about using recycled paper in the printers.
4. Donate clothes you haven't worn in the past year.
5. Install low-flow showerheads in your bathroom.
To learn how Dr. Sleeth became involved in his eco-focused work, read Healing the Planet.