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On Being Christian, Green, Low-income,                              and 

Having an Abundant Life


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  LINKS

 

Tons of great sites to spark your imagination and get your creative juices going. Recycling is a lot more fun than I remember ! Reusing and recreating things not only helps the environment , but you save money too.

 

Don't want to live in a yurt and weave your own clothes ?

Here is a site called Blue Egg

 "Living green for the rest of us !"

BLUE EGG

 

 

This site has tons of really creative recycling ideas re-using things that I had not thought of before.  Great ideas.

ALL FREE CRAFTS RECYCLING PROJECTS

 

 

 Make stuff from other stuff !

Lots of things that aren't on other sites. Go to the MAKE STUFF home page for even more ways to make things from other things ! 

Here is a list of "50 New Ideas" to re-purpose things :

FAVORITE NEW USES FOR OLD THINGS 

 

 

 

 

 

"Think it's garbage?
Think again!"

RECYCLING PAGE ON MAKE-STUFF

 

 If you like to knit ,

but are put off by the price of yarn , here is a great idea for re-using sweaters bought at the thrift store.

HOW TO RE-USE YARN

 

 Huge page called "Recycle-Reuse-Reduce"

The largest link page on these subjects that I have seen.

RECYCLE-REUSE-REDUCE

 

 This is another great page for reusing and recycling

from the people at About.com.  Lot's of good ideas and they have ways of making it fun here , too !

RECYCLING AND REUSING FROM ABOUT DOT COM

 

 Tons of ideas here .

It is a LONG list of re-use and recycle tips .

  MONEY SAVING TIPS  

 

 

Re-cycling ideas for kid's Crafts

Here are some fun re-cycling ideas for kids . Some need adult supervision , such as the craft using lightbulbs.

RECYCLING CRAFTS FOR KIDS 

   

The people who post things on Makezine have the coolest ideas !

Very creative and artistic ways for re-using things.

 

 MAKEZINE

 

 This is an offer for a FREE interactive cd to learn about options for safer cleaners. 

 

FREE CD

 

 

 

People of faith should be the first in line to save the environment and the world's resources . After all , God gave the earth and it's wonders to people so that we would cherish and take care of it. 

If you a Christian , and you haven't started caring for  God's world , it is time to start . Now. 

 

Here are some ideas to spark your fire in being a steward of God's Creation :

 

 

"The mission of Au Sable Institute is the integration of knowledge of theCreation

with biblical principles for the purpose of bringing the Christian community and the general public to a better understanding of the Creator and the stewardship of God's Creation."

 

 AU SABLE INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

 

MORE CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS :

The Christian Environmental Association is a nationwide organization joined together to promote Biblical environmental stewardship within the Christian community. Their mission is defined as "Serving the Earth, Serving the Poor."

Read more here :

CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION 

 

 

 

 

Interesting article and resources  , entitled : 

 

 USED MAY NOT BE SO BAD    I guess if a person turns their nose up when they consider buying used books , going to a garage sale , or getting clothes at a thrift store , this site is for them !  

 

Here is a great idea for making your own purse, bag or thing for holding stuff .

MAKE YOUR OWN PURSE OR BAG

 

Another great DIY site , called Threadbangers. Here is their " what we are about" statement :

"Threadbanger is a network for people who love to DIY, recreate, refashion and craft. Forget about corporate stores, we’re here to help you create and find your own style! From our episodes, forum and blog to our newsletter and contests, there is something for everyone. Our goal is to bring together people who can share their ideas, tips and advice with others and help make the world more fashionable – Threadbanger style!"

THREADBANGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Re-cycle ~ Re-make ~ Re-purpose ~ Re-craft~  Re-invent

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2/22/10  

Just in time for the Lenten season , here is a very interesting article about living with less :

THE JOY OF DOING WITHOUT 

 

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 An interesting article , to start off :

*This is an article from the NON-TOXIC TIMES newsletter ,entitled " Required Reading: Environmentalism Isn’t So Dead after All"            "Required reading..."

Even though the names and symbols are different , the ecology campaign is still alive and kicking .

Re-working  your way of life  through re-( doing-cycling-purposing etc. )is another way to embrace Abundance even when finances are low.


" WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY APPARENT, 

WE ARE TO ENJOY IT,

WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY HIDDEN  ,

WE ARE TO UNVEIL IT

WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY DEFACED 

, WE ARE TO RESTORE IT 

WHERE THERE IS NO BEAUTY AT ALL

WE ARE TO CREATE IT."

-ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN


How will this page approach the idea of living Abundantly ?


1.  It will be from a Christian perspective .

How should a Christian approach the "green" way of living ? Should we just hop on the band wagon because it is" right" to do ?

  • " Do I become more self-sufficient rather than God-dependent when I obtain whatever I want, whenever I want it? Suddenly, conservation isn't solely about reducing carbon emissions or saving the planet. It's about God's supremacy, his benevolence to me. If I'm conserving merely as a matter of self-preservation or self-reliance, I've missed the point."

This timely quote is from an article called :

"It's Not Easy Being Green"

"How's a Christian to respond to the hot-button issue of the environment?"

 by Holly Vicente Robaina

This is a great read ! Go here for the complete article :

It's Not Easy Being Green

2 .

 It will be modified for those of us who are older/disabled/single moms/homeless and already living on a subsistance level , to illustrate that living on a low income can be Abundance Living.

3.

  It will include the cool 'faddish' type things that are part of the movement , but ...It will emphasize a total life change mentality.


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 It will involve being intellegent. Being poor does not equal being of a low I.Q. !Sometimes we who are of low monetary resources are treated like we have no clue . In my experience , the people who treat us like this are the ones that need to work on their ignorance.

Here is a site that helps determine what "green" practices may not be safe (Plus those that are safe and the best of the bunch choices .)

CONSUMERS'S UNION - GREEN PAGE

By the way , here are all of the Mother Earth News issues , complete , online !

THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS ARTICLE SEARCH PAGE

In the States we have become greedy , wasteful , me-thinking people . 

From this heap of garbage that we have thrown away , people from third world countries could build a house , find something to wear ,and start a business from selling junk to other people. Don't believe it ? Read on .

Roatan's Mud Hole dump

This article has a different spin on the local garbage dump. This dump is not just a dump , but the people here  are helping the government with recycling !?

Wouldn't it be better to sort out the things that would be tossed out and then give them to people instead of making them compete with flies and stray dogs ?

 Still , this illustrates that there are people in this world living off other peoples' garbage.  Not unlike on other third world garbage dumps,

Roatan's Mud Hole dump supports many people that with dignity make a living and relieve the local and central government from their recycling responsibilities." Note the ad right next to this article about vacation villas.

LIVING OFF THE GARBAGE

 Do you remember this symbol

 for ecology in the 1970's  ?

 When I see this   symbol , it  brings  back a flood of memories about my campaign to save the world through recycling.

Actually , I was a fraud . I really only wanted to recycle because I had a crush on a boy who was fanatical about the ecology movement.

I decided that on the way home from school everyday , I would pick up all the trash by the side of the street. Then I took it home in garbage bags and sorted everything into aluminum , paper ,and glass. I got friends to walk with me and do it too.

Well , the guy that I liked never even knew I was doing this  because I was too shy to talk to him.  Plus , I ended up walking home alone  .

My friends were tired of taking so long to get home because they had to stop to pick up every little bit of trash that I saw .( When I think back , I must have been pretty convincing if I had my friends doing this with me )

 Then winter came and I decided that I didn't want to bring home stuff that I had to thaw out before I sorted it. My hands  were chapped and cut from picking up cold stuff , plus , I found out my "crush" had a girlfriend . OH WELL , so much for true love .

Now that I am older ,and so much more empowered than I was when I was when I was young , I have embraced the ecology movement again  .The name of the cause itself has been recycled and I have no idea what happened to that boy from the '70s . Now the ecology cause has been  repackaged as the simplicity movement , the save our world movement , subsistance living , and "being green"

* More about the ecology symbol in the right side bar .

 GARDENS AND GARDENING

Here is a great idea ! Start a recycled garden ! You can recycle seeds from almost any fruit or vegetable . For flowers , you can also collect seeds and bulbs. Here are some ideas and books :

GARDENING WITH GARBAGE

  Do you have a large group that you can share this with ? Check it out : all about seeds ! Be an ambassador !

EARTH SEEDS AMBASSADOR

Is this a Re ! page idea , or a frugal idea ? I guess it is both. Community Gardens :

 The following is directly from the site . It explains the concept of community gardening . More churches should participate in this. Churches certainly have a lot of grassy space around them that could be used for gardening.

 What is a Community Garden?

Very Simply, it is:

Any piece of land gardened by a group of people.

We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to "urban agriculture" where the produce is grown for a market.

Benefits of Community Gardens:

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for inter generational and cross-cultural connections
  • Find a garden in your area :


  • AMERICAN COMMUNITY GARDEN ASSOCIATION  _________________________________________

Here   is some information about how the ecology "fad" of the 1970's developed.

*The theta/ecology symbol was created by a man named RonCobb (a cartoonist) and published for the first time on the 21st of October in 1969. The symbol is a combination of the letters e and o, (from the words environment and organism). The association with the Greek letter, and the word thanatos (death) was made by a magazine called Look on the 21st

of April in1970. Some say that Look magazine was instrumental in spreading the symbol and making it into a flag. (It seems strange that it came from the word death, but I suppose they were trying to show that our planet was dying from neglect.)

The origin of the flag idea has a conflicting story, though, because

the Flag Bulletin also mentions the first ecology flag was manufactured by the San Francisco based Paramount Flag Co. in August 1967.” The flag was patterned after our nation’s flag. Dark green was used instead of blue and light green instead of red. The colors represented "pure air and green land" and environmental action.”

My personal guess is that the flag was made in the 1960’s probably right in the middle of the hippie movement in Haight-Ashbury . I like this theory, as it seems so much more personal and from “the people”.

"Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. "Timothy Leary (Chaos and Cyberculture)

 Historical information about the  ecology flag is

From: TheFlagBulletinNo. 155 (1993)

 If you want to dig more into the Hippie movement and times , here is a groovy site :

THE 60's and the HIPPIES , FROM A-Z

 One group that started as a commune in San Fransico  is still alive and thriving. It is called The Farm , and it embraces many of the aspects of living simply .

THE FARM

 Make sure you check out their ecovillages . They have come a long way from their beginnings with many of their ventures.

Are you wondering if the current " Go Green and save the world " campaign is another fad like the ecology fad of the 1970's .Fhe  "masses " follow the current fad and then it seems to fade away. Remember Pet Rocks ?Smily Faces ? Make Peace Not War?

Here is a great blog about keeping green :

SAVE ENERGY - SAVE MONEY- SAVE CO2

 

Here are some great ideas for Green Living by TipNut.com:

GREEN LIVING TIPS 


 

Another way to keep green is to re-use shopping bags , or make your own reusable ones ! Here are some you could sew or knit or crochet :

35 REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS TO MAKE YOURSELF

MORE "MAKE IT AND RE-USE" IT FUN !

Here is a great site with TONS of current , as well as vintage  ideas . Some are more costly than others , but the emphasis seems to be on saving money on most projects. This is a must go to site. Make sure you spend some time here on all aspects of the site . Much information to be had !

TIPNUT


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