The American Foot Print

ACCA logo final 3fter the baptismal service on Sunday morning I joined an alternate Christian Education class sponsored by the Creation Care Advocates of the congregation.

The advocates understand that life is like a web.  Every little bit of creation is connected to every other beautiful little bit of creation. The advocates believe that the bible affirms their interest.  They gave us documents as evidence for our study.

Everyone on earth leaves a “footprint.”  The advocates gave us a link to assess such things as our personal use of water, food, transportation, shelter, energy, and clothing. With that information the link would inform us how many earths would be required for everyone else on earth to be allowed to make the same size footprint. 

I made quick estimates for our household and the link said that it would take three earths to sustain the earth if everyone was as privileged as I am. I encourage all readers to do the same. 

Finally we were given a link to a movie about all the “stuff” we use and throw away.

Within the hour I have received a blog from the Berea Mennonite Church and the Oak Leaf Mennonite Farm.  The blog is titled Seeking the New Creation and is a report of the first week of youth camp on their organic farm.  You may check it out here.

 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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