How can you impact your school, family, congregation or youth group on behalf of our earth and its people?
Nothing makes an impact like someone's lifestyle choices. Give up an environmentally harmful food (beef? shrimp?); refuse to use styrofoam (five minutes keeping our drink hot—an eternity in the landfill); walk to school or church (every mile we drive puts a pound of CO2 into the atmosphere); no junk food for a a month and sending the money to Give a Girl a Chance—ay or all of these actions are sure to get the attention of the people around you! Have the courage to make the changes—and show your friends a better way!
Take NCP to school! NCP speakers are available to do assemblies, classes and clubs on topics ranging from hunger to the environment to globalization.
How do you save a rainforest? Stephen (middle) sent the money he made during a summer job to help buy and reforest the 137 acres NCP is preserving in the Ecuadorian Amazon. His contribution? Five acres purchased, 1000 trees planted. (D. Radcliff photo)
Get yourself on a Learning Tour--and come back as a voice for people who don't have a way to get their voice heard.
Ask your congregation for more than a Youth Sunday—check on leading the worship on Earth Day (April 22) or Peace with Justice Week (October 16-24). NCP has skits and info pieces to help out. Let your congregation know what you care about!
Make an Impact - raise your voice!
I was in my 12th grade economics class and we were talking about supply and demand. Anyway, one thing led to another, and the teacher was asking about things that people need to survive. A student brought up that gasoline was a need; a basic necessity to live and survive. Well, I stood up for all the thoughts in my mind and brought up the "absurd" idea that people can bike or walk... (Heaven forbid people at my school get out of their Mercedes...) and fought to the death that gasoline is not a need, that it was a want. Now, I am not talking like a little polite classroom conversation. I am talking 32 very heavily opinionated people (teacher included) against me...and I won. I used statistics from hearing David Radcliff's facts and shot their ideas about what is necessary in life down to the ground. I planted the idea that the earth does not NEED for the government to drill in Alaska , and that you do not NEED to buy bottled water. I know I am bragging, but I felt like it was one small step for me...one hopefully large step for the earth's kind...
-Jillian Wagoner, LeMoyne PA
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About the upside-down logo: From space there is no up or down to planet Earth. When drawing the maps, the US and Europe are on top because . . . we draw the maps. The choice of the “upside-down” Earth as our logo shows our commitment to begin looking at our world and its people in a new way, with a new set of values and relationships. The early Christian community was accused of "turning the world upside down" for its radical way of doing things, and movements throughout history have been blamed for upsetting the established order. We can only hope they say the same thing about us….