From a biblical perspective the environment is actually a part of God's creation - of which humanity is also a part. Therefore, caring for God's creation does not just mean caring for nature, nor does it just mean caring for humanity; it means caring for both.
Most major environmental problems such as air pollution and water pollution, hurt people. These problems fight against Christ's reconciliation of all of creation. In many instances they hit the poor, the children, and the elderly the hardest.
The United Methodist Church realizes and affirms the responsibility of every United Methodist to care for God’s creation. We are called to participate not only in the redemption of individuals and all of humanity, but in the healing of creation itself. Therefore, ministries that encourage care for God’s creation are significant in our mission as United Methodists.
Here are some ways to help:
- Reduce office paper waste by implementing a formal policy to duplex all draft reports, and by making training manuals and personnel information available electronically.
- Plant flowers and shrubs that are well suited to your climate. The benefit: You'll use less fertilizer and pesticides.
- Donate unwanted supplies to local schools or nonprofit organizations.
- Donate cafeteria food scraps for use as animal feed.
- Advertise surplus and reusable items through a commercial materials exchange.
- Donate excess building materials to local low-income housing developers.
- Employ energy-efficient technology.This can help reduce emissions (air pollution) from power plants that produce energy. Energy-efficient lighting products offer warm, bright light with the added benefit of using 75% less energy and lasting up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs and fixtures.
- Recycling from aluminum cans, and glass and plastic bottles, to paper and printer toner cartridges. Recycling reduces the amount of waste materials that are put in landfills or incinerated while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
Take care when dealing with lighting and electronic waste. The disposal of some of this waste is regulated, since both electronic and lighting waste may contain potentially harmful substances, and these products need to be separated from your other garbage. The best way to dispose of this waste is to recycle it.
Computers for Charity can recycle your old computers and accessories that are no longer in use. We refurbish the systems and provide them to underprivileged families and other non-profit organizations, here and abroad.
You get the advantage of not only getting rid of your unwanted computer equipment, but you get the satisfaction of knowing it will be used to help someone else in need. We can also provide you with a tax deductible receipt for your donations!
So, if you care about the environment and care about people too, please contact us: