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Covenant with Creation

PERSONAL COVENANT WITH CREATION

BE AN EARTHKEEPER:

Every action has consequences on other humans and on the Earth. Become aware of the outcome of your actions, reduce your impact on others, and walk lightly on Earth.

I pledge to work toward the following environmentally safe practices. Mark those you currently practice and check those you will now add to your environmental disciplines.

 

1. EDUCATION

● ____Learn about the environmental crisis and ecological justice.

● ____Read about or join a study group fostering voluntary simplicity.

 

2. GREEN YOUR LIVING SPACE

Energy Use

● ____Alternative energy: solar/ geothermal/ purchase wind from your energy company.

● ____Purchase Energy Star appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, water

            heater, dehumidifier) and high efficiency furnace, air conditioner, and windows.

● ____Get programmable thermostat. Lower thermostat in winter; raise it in summer.

            Change settings when away. Use ceiling fans.

● ____Clean/ replace filters for all appliances/furnace with filters.

● ____Replace all incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs

● ____When not in use, turn off lights, TV, computer, appliances. Prefer natural light.

● ____Turn off TV, computer, microwave, etc. at the strip/ plug.

● ____Run full loads in dish washer, washer, and dryer. Use short cycles/ clothes line.

● ____Use microwave/ toaster oven/ slow cooker rather than oven/range.

● ____Set refrigerator  at 36F to 42F, freezer at -5F to +6F, and water heater at 120F.

● ____Use cold or warm water when washing clothes; rinse in cold water.

● ____Insulate walls/ attic. Repair leaks around windows/doors. Lock windows to seal.

● ____Repair hot water leaks. Insulate water heater (“blanket”) + hot water pipes (wrap).

● ____ Contribute to organizations that will offset your carbon use with tree planting projects

Cleaning Products

● ____Use non-toxic dish detergent and laundry detergent.

● ____Use safe cleaning products either purchased or homemade.

● ____Avoid spray or disposable products for cleaning, air-freshening, and cooking.

Water Use

● ____Do not let water run while doing tasks.

● ____Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.

● ____Repair faucet leaks and toilet runs immediately.

● ____Take a short shower rather than a bath, and shower less often.

● ____Wash dishes and laundry on full load.

Food

● ____Buy fair-trade products.

● ____Buy organic products.

● ____Buy local produce and products.

● ____Buy only what you will consume, and then use all you buy.

● ____Put on your plate only what you will eat, and then eat all on your plate.

● ____Eat fewer (or no) meat meals each week. Have a “hunger” meal each week.

 

 

Paper Use

● ____Use recycled, post-consumer paper products for kitchen, bathroom, and cleaning.

● ____Avoid paper towels; use cloth napkins and handkerchiefs.

● ____Use electronic media rather than paper.

● ____Use recycled, post-consumer, acid-free note/office paper or paper from tree farm.

● ____Use the paper completely on both sides. Avoid bright-colored paper.

Reduce/ Recycle/ Reuse

● ____Avoid use of paper, plastic, and Styrofoam in plates, cups, and utensils.

● ____Recycle glass, tin, plastic, newsprint, mixed paper, cardboard, etc.

● ____Recycle batteries, printer cartridges, cell phones, plastic bags.

● ____Safely dispose of computers, printers, paint, and other toxic products.

● ____Do not put grease or strong chemicals down drains.

● ____Buy products with less packaging.

● ____Compost food scraps and lawn clippings.

● ____Use canvas bags for shopping or reuse paper/plastic when shopping.

● ____When eating out, take your own plastic container for leftovers.

Yard and garden

● ____Cultivate a green lawn and garden. Avoid herbicides and pesticides.

● ____Avoid gas-powered implements. Use hand mower, rakes, and brooms.

● ____Grow your own vegetables. Share with neighbors and food pantries.

● ____Plant native grass, trees, and shrubs

 

3. TRAVEL

● ____Purchase high mileage car. Maintain engine/tire pressure. Change oil/air filter.

● ____Over 55 miles per hour, drive more slowly. Easy stops and starts. Do not idle.

● ____Where feasible walk, bicycle, and carpool.

 

4. WORK

● ____Green the work space and work practices: office, shop, factory, classroom, farm.

● ____Advocate with employers to green your company, agency, or institution.

● ____Promote greening among fellow workers and clients/customers/students.

 

5. NATURE

● ____Enjoy as kin the plants and pets in your living space.

● ____Take ten minutes a day to enjoy/love nature. Take a retreat with nature.

● ____Use devotional materials that enhance your love of nature and your care for it.

 

6. PUBLIC COMMITMENTS

● ____Advocate for environmentally friendly legislation and policies.

● ____Restore a local habitat; protest a local environmental violation.

● ____Contribute to social justice organizations and environmental organizations.

● ____Invest in socially responsible stocks and bonds that foster eco-justice.

 

SIGNED_______________________________________DATE_______________





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