Creation Care

Eliz Grant

"The earth is the Lord's.."

Luther Memorial encourages greater awareness and joyful fulfillment of our mandate to become wise stewards of God’s creation. We seek to raise consciousness about the many actions we can take—as a church, as members of society, and as individual citizens—to reduce our impact on the Earth and to achieve a just and ecologically sustainable lifestyle for all. Through our work, we affirm and strive to implement the “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice” statement adopted in 1993 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Third Churchwide Assembly.

Care of creation is an increasingly critical  challenge facing the the world and LMLC supports efforts to empower believers to act as caretakers of creation.

 

Fair Trade Coffee

Equal Exchange and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) are strongly committed to furthering Fair Trade and environmental justice together with Lutheran congregations across the U.S.  As a participant in the LWR Coffee Project, you make a positive impact on the planet and on the people who grow our food through your regular purchases of Equal Exchange fairly traded products and your contributions to LWR.  Luther Memorial shares in the vision of protecting the environment--a vision that connects you to our planet and to the small-scale farmer co-operatives who produce food in a sustainable way.

CreationCare Challenge: Reduce your energy usage this winter and save money!
 
It's cold, windy, snowy and icy outside, and your furnace or heat pump is running constantly. Electricity rates are climbing just in time for winter. The CreationCare Committee challenges you to reduce your fuel and electricity use this winter. Check your last power bill for your kilowatt usage for the previous month and the same month the previous year. Now start implementing some easy methods for reducing your kilowatt usage and save money!  Following are some easy tips that will help you to reduce your usage and bill.  Be sure to check your energy usage when you receive your power bill each month. We think you will be pleased with the results of lower kilowatt usage and you will care for creation in a way that affects your wallet.
 
1. For every 1 degree you lower your thermostat you will save as much as 10% off your heating bill. 2.  Lower the temperature setting on your hot water tank to 120 to 130 degrees. 3. Wash clothes in cold water, not hot and full loads only. 4. Take advantage of southern exposures for passive solar heat and lighting. 5. Have you switched yet from incandescent light bulbs to CFL bulbs?  If you haven't, there is no time like the present!  Replace the 5 most used light bulbs in your home with CFL's.  See the February newsletter article for more information and several websites for more energy saving tips including http://www.sierraclub.org/energy/cleanenergy/conservation/index.asp

Farmer Partners are Greening the Planet:

* Over 90% of the fairly traded products offered by Equal Exchange are certified organic, meaning that no toxic chemical fertilizers or chemical pesticides are used that pollute the air or harm the earth.

 *Equal Exchange supports small-scale farmer practices such as terracing, water conservation, manual weeding, and crop diversification--all of which lead to greater soil fertility and reduce erosion.

*Farmers in Fair Trade co-operatives are encouraged to plant additional coffee trees and citrus plants to assist and increase bio-diversity and wildlife habitats. These practices also improve pest control, help to avoid soil erosion, and provide other food sources to the community.

 

*Co-op farmers plant shade trees as opposed to clear-cutting trees in conventional monocrop plantations. This helps to preserve songbird habitat, shield farmers from harmful UV rays, cool the planet, and absorb carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas.  All of these techniques help to remedy the extensive landscape degradation and deforestation that has occurred in countries over decades of environmental abuse.  Thanks to your support, small farmers have the means to help restore these landscapes as a result of the market access and improved income from the Fair Trade system.