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Creation care for teens: Let There Be… Stuff?

Article: Creation care for teens: Let There Be… Stuff?

The folks at The Story of Stuff Project have been keeping busy! In early March, Annie Leonard’s book The Story of Stuff came out; later that month, the project released “The Story of Bottled Water” for World Water Day. This month, the project moves in some interesting new directions: on Earth Day, they announced the release of Let There Be… Stuff?, “a six-session curriculum that helps Christian teenagers explore the relationship between their consumption, their faith, and the health of the planet.”
While The Story of Stuff has been used for educational purposes since the launch of the first web video, the move into churches (and eventually synagogues… a Jewish version comes out this summer) demonstrates the power of the “creation care” movement. According to the Project, faith leaders began reaching out almost immediately after the original Story of Stuff video came out. In response, The Story of Stuff Project partnered with Green Faith, an “interfaith coalition for the environment,” to produce the curriculum.

Green Lent: Eco-friendly fish fries and more…

Article: Green Lent: Eco-friendly fish fries and more…

It’s Fat Tuesday, and you may be gearing up for a parade, a party, or a big meal featuring Cajun cuisine. While Mardi Gras has become a largely secular celebration, for many Christians around the world, it represents the last blow-out before the season of Lent. Tomorrow, many will attend Ash Wednesday services, and commit to fasting, prayer, meditation, and confession in anticipation of Easter.

As Baptist minister Chad Crawford noted a couple of years ago at sustainablog, the concepts and practices associated with Lent ties in well with green thinking and activity. No, that doesn’t mean that environmentalists are gloomy and demand constant sacrifice; it does mean that this period of reflection and simplicity can allow for meaningful thought on our relationship to the natural environment.

Environment & religion: Middle Eastern bloggers cross faith lines

Article: Environment & religion: Middle Eastern bloggers cross faith lines

Despite its rich history and culture, when Westerners think of the Middle East, two things likely come to mind: oil production and religious conflict. A small group of bloggers and journalists from the region, and from Islamic, Jewish, and Christian faith backgrounds, are out to address those perceptions, as well as the real issues behind them, by gathering in Jordan on December 20-21. Responding specifically to the United Nations’ call for more reporting on environmental issues in the region, the bloggers will discuss a range of topics, including “…activism, design, urban health, religion, and clean technologies.