1. Eat Those Leftovers!
2. Bookmark & Visit Creation Justice Ministries' Action Center
3. Green Your Laundry Routine
- Use cold water when washing clothes to reduce energy use. Energy is needed to heat water. You can also opt for a shorter wash cycle.
- Only do laundry when the load is full. Not only does this save water and electricity but it also saves you money and time. You can either wait until you have more items to wash or combine your partial load with your family or housemates.
- Avoid using energy to dry your laundry by hanging a laundry line or using a drying rack. This cuts down on your electricity bill as well!
4. Plan to Participate in Faith-Rooted Ecumenical Advocacy efforts, including Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020
5. Cut Your Shower Time by Five Minutes
6. Plan a Lenten Devotional that Will Benefit God's Creation
You may also consider trying a carbon fast. If you live in a place with an active state chapter of Interfaith Power and Light, it can be fun to find a local community doing a carbon fast together.
7. Use Green Cleaning Products
8. Change Light Bulbs to Eco-Friendly Types
9: Track Your Waste for a Week
11. Turn Off the Lights When Not in Use
12. Donate to a Faith-Based Organization that Supports Care and Justice for God's Creation
13. Observe World Water Day March 22, 2020
14. Observe Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, 2020
15. Start a Garden, Indoors and Out!
16. Eat a Plant-Based Meal or Meals with Ingredients from Local Farms
17. Observe Earth Day Sunday on a Sunday close to April 22, 2020, as well as Faith Climate Action Week
18. Do Your Dishes Less Often
19. Observe Endangered Species Day May 15, 2020
20. Advocate for Environmental Justice
21. Fend Off "Energy Vampires."
22. Research How Your Community Regulates Waste
- Does my town/city have recycling curbside pick up or do I take it to the recycling center?
- What can I throw in the recycling bin? Do I throw plastics, paper, glass, and aluminum together or do I seperate them?
- Does my city/town have a curbside composting program?
- Can I compost in my own backyard?
23. Bring a Reusable Container for Leftovers to the Restaurant
24. Honor World Oceans Day Monday, June 8, 2020
25. Watch a Documentary on Creation Care and/or Environmental Justice
26. Contact Your Representative
27. Reuse. You Don't Have to Use an Item Just Once Right?
28. Make Your Next Shopping Trip Green
29. Pick Up the Trash in Your Community
30. Read a Book Concerning Creation Care
- 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Congregation Can Make a Difference by Rev. Rebecca Barnes of Presbyterian Church (USA), who is also our board president.
- Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality by Fr. John Chryssavgis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
- Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis by Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas of the Episcopal Church and Rev. Dr. Leah Schade of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Rev. Jim Antal of the United Church of Christ
31. Use Green Transportation
32. Calculate Your Water Footprint
33. Use Gray Water
35. Check Your Car's Tire Pressure
36. Honor the Season of Creation September 1-October 10
37. Try Composting at Home
38. Invest in Green Arts and Crafts Supplies
39. Track Your Use of Paper and Disposable Products
40. Looking for a New Book? Check Out Your Local Library.
41. Make Your Plan to Vote by Election Day, November 3, 2020
42. Learn About the Indigenous Peoples to the Places Where You Live, Work, and Pray
- Who lived here before me?
- How did communities that lived here before me relate to the land and ecosystems where I live now?
- Are the Indigenous Peoples of this land still my neighbors, or were they forcibly removed? What is the story?
- How can I support the wishes of my predecessors, the original caretakers of these lands and waters?
- Are there any personal choices or political actions I can take to be in solidarity?
43. Evaluate Coffee Hour at Your Church or Place of Employment
44. Try Cooking One-Pot Meals
Find out what your carbon footprint is and how you can reduce your impact. This calculator will show you how your lifestyle impacts the rest of the world and how you can make a positive difference.
PS - Remember to vote by November 3 if you haven't yet!
46. Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
47. Work With Your Local Government to Sponsor a Recycling Event for Electronics or Hazardous Waste
48. #OptOutside this Black Friday
49. Check Cabinets for Expired Medicine and Properly Dispose of Them
50. Opt to Wrap Gifts in a Reusable Bag Instead of Wrapping Paper
Wrapping paper can only be used once while gift bags can be reused. You can give a festively concealed gift and care for creation at the same time. Or you can wrap your presents in newspaper or brown paper and personalize with your own hand drawn decorations. You can still be festive and make the gift special without buying wrapping paper.