'Living simply so that others may simply live' is a commitment of Christian life. What could you do or your Church do to benefit the environment and people both locally, across the nation and across the world? There are five marks of mission adopted by the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion in 1988. They are:
Definition of Sustainable Living in the Bunbury Diocese:
Sustainable living describes a lifestyle where individually we attempt to reduce our own personal use of the limited fragile resources of the earth and we seek to persuade others through our example, to limit and reduce humanity's use of the Earth's natural resources. Those who seek to live sustainably, reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet as part of their lifestyle choices. We seek to re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle and live simply. As God's creatures, we aim to conduct our lives in ways consistent with a sustainability principles, and be naturally balanced and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology.
Sustainable Living essentially means living in a way that meets our need for food, water and shelter, without harming our environment or compromising the availability of essential resources either for future generations or for those who live less fortunately than ourselves. To live sustainably, we must use less of the earth’s natural resources, replenish what we can and produce less polluting waste.
Please feel free use this Sustainable Living Audit to see where changes can be made in how you live in God's Creation.