Environmentalism isn’t reserved for Earth Day anymore. Now we’re deluged year-round with information about saving the earth and combating climate change. Teenagers are taking charge with go-green efforts, raising awareness and leading many local initiatives to reduce their footprint.
God, who created our world and then sent Jesus to be its Savior, charged humans with caring for the planet. By conserving and preserving resources, we act as wise stewards of the land and blessings that God has given us.
The term “green Christianity” refers to the call to action that many believers are now undertaking—not as owners but as caretakers of the earth. There’s even a Green Bible, which aims to help readers “in the work of healing and sustaining…God’s vision for creation.”
No matter your political stance on hot topics such as global warming, it’s important to respect our earthly home and to model good environmental stewardship to teenagers. It’s also important to remind them of the proper reasons and motives for maintaining the earth. By conserving our resources and giving credit to the God who created them in the first place, young people will “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15, NIV)—a universe lovingly and masterfully created by the God we worship.
In a national poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy:
- 73% of teenagers agreed that “previous generations have damaged our environment and left it to our generation to fix it.”
- 66% of teens agreed with this statement: “Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of slowing economic growth.”
- 36% of teens expressed interest in “joining an organization made up of and controlled by teens that was taking action to fight climate change.”
- Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Why or why not? Why do that movement and Christianity often seem to clash?
- How would you rate yourself at being a steward of God’s creation? What areas do you and your family need to work on?
- In what ways have your teenagers inspired you to go green or change your habits?