Demonstrating our Understanding and Commitment to Care of the Earth
10 Things You Can Do
Our relationship with Earth is not simply a physical one, it is also spiritual. Wilderness Wind retreats, canoe trips, or church and family gatherings offer opportunities to grow and discover nature’s life-giving spirit throughout the natural world. The list below is flavored by the teachings of wilderness reflection. (click here for a printable bulletin insert)
- Travel at two miles per hour and pay attention to your surroundings.
- Emulate an ecosystem. The natural world doesn’t create waste. Work toward the same.
- Be below average. The average American uses twice as much water as a European (Average use is 90 gallons/day/person – more than half is used in the bathroom).
- Plant seeds. Nurture a garden or a planter box. Absorb the phenomena that all life is interconnected.
- Experience yourself within an ever-unfolding universe. Notice how small and yet how grand you are.
- Rediscover the gift of trees. Reduce the flow of junk mail and foster the forest’s growth.
- Consider “you are what you eat.” Discover how your food is grown/raised, where it comes from, the lives it affects and make changes accordingly.
- Invest in your neighborhood and community. Buy from local producers.
- Watch the sun rise or set. Appreciate and maximize the gifts of natural lighting. (Lighting accounts for 15% of electricity use in homes).
- Cultivate a spirit of gratitude. Offer it frequently.