It is Teoh’s hope that, if the church leads the way, the congregation will bring the message home , families and friends will catch on and the idea will spread. “If the Church came together and started a revolution, can you imagine the impact? Imagine if all Christians refused to use Styrofoam. I’m sure store owners will have to change their packaging. I believe we have the buying power."
For individuals, Chan suggests leading a lifestyle of simplicity. “We often make our consumption and shopping choices based on ‘it’s cheap, must buy!’ The externalised cost is not accounted for. I used to think ‘why should I buy recycled paper when I can get fresh paper for cheaper?’ Once I saw the impact of cutting down trees to make fresh paper, I made a conscious choice to buy recycled even though it’s more expensive.”
Summing it up, Teoh says, “We’re in this consumerism rut where we want to just buy and buy, own and own, bigger and better things. I think we all have to pull back and stop chasing after more things.”
“Start small,” Teoh advises. “Be stewards of your purchases, the food you eat, the waste you generate. The creation care journey is a gradual process and a lifestyle change.”
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Christian Eco-Warriors - Asian Beacon: Aug-Sep 2013 (Vol 45, No 4, p12-4)