Much of the work of creation care is done on a daily basis—in our homes, schools, and work places. Much of this work involves establishing habits of making sustainable choices in our daily lives, such as making environmentally wise choices when it comes to food, energy, waste disposal, and everyday purchases of all kinds of materials and resources.
Creation care often starts with a sense of awe and wonder of the natural world. This sense of wonder can be a part of our spiritual lives, leading us to grow and transform both personally and in our ministries.
The purpose of these badges is to help youth maintain and practice creation care in their daily lives and on an on-going basis. Rewards—such as a tree to plant, a donation to an environmental care group, or a reusable tote bag for groceries—may be given to participants as they complete the badge requirements.
These badges are designed for individual use, either after your program as concluded or as it progresses. These badges may also be used as environmental “extras” added to an existing youth program.
Badges included in this curriculum include:
A badge that will help you be mindful of where your food comes from, how it is grown, and how your consumption of food affects the wellbeing of God’s creation.
A badge that will challenge you to examine sources of energy you enjoy every day, find ways to act as a good steward of these energy sources, and be mindful of ways in which you can do your part to reduce energy in your own home, school, church, or camp.
A badge that will challenge you to become more aware of how your use of natural resources affects others in your community and in the world, explore how your community could address green social justice issues in your community, and explore green social justice initiatives in your community.