Resources that follow are intended to help break down the barriers for change by helping one understand:
- The myths about our global economy.
- Our individual and collective impacts on people and our planet.
- Pathways for change.
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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Incorporating sustainability into your lifestyle involves becoming aware of the impact of your choices in food, products, and energy use. This part of the CDC's website will help you focus on the small steps you can take at home, at work, and in your community.
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CELDF)
Today, communities across the country are finding that they don’t have the right to make critical decisions for themselves – such as the right to say “no” to fracking or factory farming, and the right to say “yes” to sustainable energy and food systems. CELDF works with communities to establish Community Rights – such that communities are empowered to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents and the natural environment, and establish environmental and economic sustainability.
For many people, the first step towards caring for God's creation is to take personal actions in their lives to live more sustainably. Earth Ministry has compiled a list of actions and resources to help direct and inform those efforts. (faith community focus)
EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE - RADICALLY SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
The great thing about Earthship designs is that they catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas. Earthships can have city water as backup. Earthships do not pollute underground water aquifers. Read 10 Reasons Why We Need an Earthship Home.
FAITH IN PLACE
Faith in Place inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through connection, education, and advocacy. mission is to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy—of care for Creation—are at the forefront of social justice. (faith community focus)
GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK
This handy calculator helps you estimate your ecological footprint, a measure of human impact on the Earth's ecosystems. It is a standardized measure of demand for natural capital that may be contrasted with the planet's ecological capacity to regenerate.
GLOBAL SURVEY ON SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES
The Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles, is one of the first global surveys on sustainable lifestyles. The results provide intriguing insights into the way young people think about their daily lives and activities, their aspirations for the future, and their beliefs about the role they play in influencing change.
JUBILEE ECONOMICS MINISTRIES
Building on the biblical concept of Sabbath Economics, JEM works to promote practices, ideas, and stories for living economically on Earth, our one-planet home. Learn about the historical roots of the Jubilee and how they have powerful and redeeming application day. Plenty of resources on this site. (faith community focus)
NO IMPACT PROJECT
The No Impact Project uses entertainment, education and group action to engage new people in the quest for ways of living that connect individual happiness with service to community and habitat. It's goals are to:
- Promote behavioral change
- Enable the public to experience their own No Impact Experiment
- Engage people who are not already tree-hugging, bicycle-riding, canvas-bag-toting, eco-warrior
ONE EARTH SOLUTIONS
One Earth Solutions is a sustainability education consulting firm in Seattle, Washington. We are dedicated to providing creative and lasting pathways to sustainability for educators, youth, and their communities. From curriculum development to action projects, our mission is to enfuse sustainability into every thought, discourse, and action.
Permaculture guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics. By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. Read 10 Reasons Why We Need an EarthShip Home.
SIMPLE LIVING WORKS
Simple Living Works! is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that equips people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.
STORY OF STUFF PROJECT
The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, they are a Community of 500,000 change-makers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet.
THE ONEEARTH PROJECT
One Earth? Five Earths?. No matter how obvious it is that we have only the one planet we are living on, we Americans live and plan as if we have five. The founders of OneEarth Project, believe that OneEarth living and policies follow from a OneEarth worldview and consciousness.
Transition Towns are groups building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. Transition works to inspire, encourage, support, network and train individuals and their communities as they consider, adopt, adapt, and implement the Transition approach to community empowerment and change.
WEB OF CREATION
The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives, and to provide nformation and connections for theology students interested in environmental ministry. This website includes a plethora of resources, ranging from bible study and congregational worship resources, to links to denominations focusing on environmental stewardship and care of creation. (faith community focus)
Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.