Read the invitation to make a sustainable lifestyle commitment below. Then to take a moment to reflect and pray about your motivation for making a sustainable lifestyle commitment. Write your thoughts down in the "My Motivation" box.
Click the white box that says "My Motivation" and tell us about why you are making a personal commitment to live more sustainably. Now is the time to share a few words about your personal story!
Scroll down to the three categories of commitments: Transportation, Energy, and Food. Identify which commitment you want to make, and click on it to reveal a helpful fact. Then click the green "Commit" button. (Repeat to make multiple commitments!)
Enter your title (Mrs., Mr., Dr. etc.) and other info. Click the green box underneath to read our data policy, then click the first small white box to accept. You can also click the second white box to help share your commitment publicly. Finally, click the orange button that says "I COMMIT ..."
Select one photo that you like the most from the top row. Then select one quote that you like the most from the bottom row. Next, scroll down to see your Quote Card and your Commitment Card.
Click the green button that says "Generate My Card". When the pop-up box asks you to "Save File", click "OK" to save the card in your Downloads folder. You can now share this image via email and social media platforms. Tell the world how and why you are Living the Change!
Seeking God’s truth through prayer and study of the bible, the global evangelical community has reached a consensus that care for creation is indeed a “gospel issue within the lordship of Christ,” and that caring for God’s loving gift of creation is “an integral part of our mission and an expression of our worship to God for his wonderful plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.”(1)
Today, however, we face undeniable ecological crises, like global climate change, which evangelicals can no longer afford to be complacent about, or endlessly debate without taking decisive action. “Love for God, our neighbors and the wider creation, as well as our passion for justice, compel us to “urgent and prophetic ecological responsibility.” (2) Making a Living the Change commitment is an opportunity for evangelical Christians, “in dependence on the Holy Spirit, to respond radically and faithfully to care for God’s creation, demonstrating our belief and hope in the transforming power of Christ.” It is a way to take a take a personal step of faith “to live within the proper boundaries of God’s good gift in creation, to engage further in its restoration and conservation, and to equitably share its bounty with each other.” (3)
Acting faithfully and determinedly because we are convinced that is what God desires of his beloved disciples, regardless of whether most other people are making other choices, is one of the best traits of evangelical Christians. Our joy, as the scripture tells us, is “seeking first God’s Kingdom” (Matt. 6:33). Making a personal lifestyle commitment consistent with caring for the gift of creation may seem too difficult, and/or insignificant and silly in light of the choices that most other people are making, but as evangelicals we know acting faithfully, maybe even especially in the small things, is what matters to God. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the Lausanne Movement, Micah Global, Renew Our World, and many other evangelical pastors, leaders, and organizations that are supporting Living the Change encourage you to pray, step out, and make a personal lifestyle commitment in your walk with Jesus that expresses your love for Christ, care for God’s gift of creation, and your love for your neighbor who like you is dependent on healthy ecosystems for clean air, water, food, and all the other necessities of life.
1. Cape Town Commitment, I.7.A. (2011) and Creation Care and the Gospel: Call to Action (2012).
2. Creation Care and the Gospel: Call to Action, (2012).
3. Creation Care and the Gospel: Call to Action, (2012)
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation . . . all things were created by him and for him . . . For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. - Colossians 1:15-20.
The Earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof- Psalm 24:1
We invite you to take a moment to reflect and pray about your motivation for making a sustainable lifestyle commitment. Write your thoughts down in the "My Motivation" box. You’ll decide later if you want to keep this to yourself, share only with friends, or share it widely.
We’re excited you want to make a commitment to live more sustainably and adopt new habits that care for God's gift of creation! We’ve identified a variety of commitments you can consider within three high-impact behavior areas: transportation, energy, and food.
Within each category (below), these commitments are organized from smallest to largest impact. In other words, the most helpful commitments you can make include: “Have one less car in the family”, “Install a solar array to power my residence”, and “Adopt a 100% plant-based diet”.
Try behaviors that are new for you, rather than things you are already doing.
Select one or more options below - or send us a message if you want to suggest another type of commitment that isn’t currently listed.
Challenge yourself to try behaviors that have the greatest impact - the options farther down each list are the ones that help our planet the most!
Make as many commitments as you feel inspired to follow - there is no limit!
How we travel from one place to another always has an impact on the creation, no matter how near or far. We invite you to join us in moving around our world more thoughtfully and sustainably.
Instead of driving your car, try riding the bus or train 3 days per week. If you choose the bus, you can save 1 day’s worth of carbon pollution each week. If you choose the train, you can save 2 day’s worth of carbon pollution each week!
If you choose to commute by bus, rather than driving your own car, you can save an entire season’s worth of carbon pollution over the course of one year. And if you choose to commute by train, you’ll save nearly double that!
If you purchased a new electric car and drove it until it broke down, then bought another electric car and drove that second vehicle until it broke down, you would produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than buying and driving a single gasoline-powered car. And the batteries from both electric cars could also be reused or recycled!
Every time you choose to avoid a single transatlantic flight, you save more carbon than you would by switching to renewable energy in your home for an entire year!
Every time you choose to avoid a single transatlantic flight, you save more carbon than you would by switching to renewable energy in your home for an entire year … so just imagine how much you could help the Earth by choosing to avoid air travel entirely!
Using one less car in your family (or, ideally, living an entirely car-free lifestyle) is one of the most helpful things you can do for creation!
How do we heat and cool our homes? When do we use electrical appliances? Where does our electricity come from? We invite you consider these questions and lower your home’s impact on climate change.
Using LEDs instead of conventional light bulbs is a helpful step to reducing carbon pollution. The technology is improving each year, making LEDs more efficient and longer-lasting!
Air-drying your clothes can save about as much carbon pollution as recycling your glass, plastic, and paper goods. If you care about recycling, consider no longer using a dryer machine.
Did you know that heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home? And the numbers are not much better in other developed countries. By keeping your home temperature just a few degrees warmer during summer, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
Did you know that heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home? And the numbers are not much better in other developed countries. By keeping your home temperature just a few degrees cooler during winter, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
All air-conditioners cause carbon pollution, which represents a serious threat to our planet at scale. Unfortunately, air-conditions can also release hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — chemical compounds that trap thousands of times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide — if they are broken or when they are thrown away. Try minimizing your air-conditioning use in order to conserve electricity, produce less pollution, and require less repair and replacement for your machine.
By using renewable energy to power your home, you can save as much carbon pollution replacing your gas-powered car with an electric car and also replacing all your home’s light bulbs with LEDs!
Using solar energy to power your home is one of the most helpful things you can do for the planet. Depending on how much of your previous energy use came from coal, natural gas, or other unsustainable sources, you could reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions by a factor of at least 5 ... and possibly as high as 200!
Meat, cheese, and milk production all create lots of carbon pollution. What we do with “everything we don’t eat” can also hurt the environment … or it can help! We invite you to eat a plant-based diet and compost your non-meat food scraps.
Internationally, food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any single country except for China or the United States. In fact, food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, and Canada combined!
Most dairy comes from animals known as ruminants — including cows, sheep, and goats — which produce lots of methane gas during their digestion processes. Compared with carbon dioxide, this methane gas is 25 times more effective at trapping heat in our atmosphere!
Composting your leftover fruits, vegetables, grains, and non-animal proteins is the best way to use your “food scraps”. Rather than trapping these items in a landfill where they will decompose and build up dangerous greenhouse gases, try composting them to create a rich fertilizer you can use in your garden!
Meat production requires 11 times more fossil fuels per calorie than grain production. And this doesn’t even take into account the negative impacts of animal waste, refrigeration, storage, transportation, and even greater environmental concerns!
In the United States, the greenhouse gas emissions from beef production alone are roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 24 million cars or 33 coal-fired power plants. Lamb — which is categorized alongside beef as “red meat” — is almost as bad for creation!
Raising animals for meat accounts for about 10-15% of all the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans around the world. The percentages are even higher in certain countries that produce and consume a lot of meat, including New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and the United States.
Eating a plant-based diet saves more carbon pollution than replacing a traditional gas-powered car with a hybrid car. That’s a whole lot of energy and waste!
You can choose as many commitments as you feel able to complete. If you like you can find more.
"The Earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof."
"Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation . . . all things were created by him and for him . . . For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."
Caring for God’s loving gift of creation is “an integral part of our mission and an expression of our worship to God for his wonderful plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.”
Creation Care and the Gospel: Call to Action (2012)
Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. Evangelical Christians all around the world will come together in locally-hosted events to celebrate together, affirm personal stories, encourage each other, and enjoy some delicious food. Check back at the website for more details TBA.