As a part of creation, we are called to take care of the earth and everything in it.
God was green long before being green was popular. And God called people to be green at the dawn of creation. The original job given to humans was to take care of the lush garden of creation, to draw nourishment from it, and to form meaningful relationships both with animals and other humans. When brokenness came into the story, it affected not only the relationship between God and humans, but also the relationship between humans and the earth.
Brokenness isn’t the end of the story, however. God’s salvation project—which found full expression in Jesus—extends to all creation. The first followers of Jesus understood salvation of people and the earth as a package deal.
Environmental ethics explores the moral values and ethical relationship between human beings and the environment in which they live. In sustainability projects, players ask: What do we want? What do we know? What will we accept? Asking what we want and what we will accept always incorporates environmental ethics as it may be difficult to clearly and practically perceive one's desires and the future consequences of actions. The line between ethical and spiritual or religious judgment is not clear.
Certain sustainability issues rest on deep ethical and spiritual commitments, in senses of faith, salvation, karma, truth, and beauty. Spiritual commitment contemplates the beauty of landscapes, the sacredness of specific places (archeological, historical, and architectural), and the soulfulness of nonhuman species as worthy of care and protection. Spiritual and metaphysical understanding of what animates life may define an individual's or group's attitude toward family planning, birth control, abortion, and other aspects of population management. Spiritual and religious attitudes toward the "good life" or "happy life" will influence their giving to sustainability NGOs, volunteer time, attitudes toward governance and political officials, call to service, "necessary" material gain and accumulation, desire for upward mobility, etc. Spiritual realities-the soul, the sacred, the religious, and the divine-are considered realities that are outside those of reason and science.
Sustainable living focuses on individual and community responsibilities for sustainability and focuses on choices, values, ethics and the way in which human beings interact with the natural world. Sustainable living is a lifestyle choice that considers a person's relationship within the community and the natural environment and seeks harmony with both.
One example of a group trying to care for creation in our area is Everence. Through financial planning and good-natured investments, Everence allows their clients to care for the earth through programs like Go Green. This is one type of encouragement that Everence uses to give their customers options for saving money when they invest in green energy for their homes and businesses.