For evangelicals, following Christ means furthering Christ’s work of reconciling all things to God. Creation care is part of this ministry of reconciliation. It serves God’s sustaining and healing purposes for the world by:
- Preventing environmental degradation;
- Protecting the poor and children from its effects; and
- Finding ways for people and other creatures to live together sustainably.
Evangelicals are actively caring for creation in many other ways and in many other places, both here and abroad:
- The Evangelical Environmental Network’s campaigns and accomplishments include:
- Providing recycling at “Creation Fest,” the largest Christian rock festival in the U.S.;
- Working with the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas to provide clean water to a community in Mexico;
- Educating families about how to protect themselves from toxic substances in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools;
- A time of prayer, education and walking through parts of the US in the Creation Care Walk;
- Ongoing efforts to provide emotional, spiritual and financial support to those affected by the Gulf oil spill through the campaign Prayer for the Gulf.
- Habitat for Humanity International’s Construction and Environmental Resources Department provides low-cost houses that conserve energy and resources and are healthy for the families that live in them. Habitat ReStores raise money to build houses by diverting quality used and surplus building materials away from landfills and into use.
- Relief and development organizations promote sustainable livelihoods and economies for the people they serve:
- AERDO, The Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations, reported on a study of environmental initiatives among its member agencies, “The Stewardship of Creation in Service with the Poor”;
- Floresta teaches and promotes agroforestry, reforestation, soil conservation, and other sustainable techniques to help farmers in Haiti, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic become self-sufficient; and
- Christian Reformed Church World Relief Committee recognizes that sustainable solutions to poverty require caring for the physical creation;
- World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, promotes soil conservation and sustainable farming through its Agricultural Ministries;
- ECHO provides training, seeds and technical assistance to missionary and development workers in tropical countries to find more appropriate and effective ways of raising food; and
- World Vision’s relief and development work has included such projects as supporting urban gardens in South Africa, a river cleanup in Bosnia, helping Ecuador care for its environment and protecting forests and wetlands in Lebanon.