Here are some of the many friends and colleagues we work with to help care for creation (adapted from Appendix C of Green Revolution by Ben Lowe)
A Rocha is an international conservation organization at work in over twenty countries on six continents. They focus on caring for God’s world by conducting scientific research, doing hand-on fieldwork, running education programs and inviting Christians and all others to join together in community-led conservation efforts. The USA chapter of A Rocha has local initiatives and groups spreading across communities such as Santa Barbara CA, Lexington KY, Boise ID, Fredericksburg TX and many more.
An association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Their mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
The Au Sable Institute offers training and courses in environmental fields from a distinctly Christian perspective. The institute has been a cornerstone in the creation care movement because it has served as the training ground and central networking site for Christian students and faculty from all around the country. Many colleges and universities in the Council of Christian College and Universities also apply credits earned at one of the Au Sable Institute campuses directly toward their students’ major requirements.
Authors and speakers Matthew and Nancy Sleeth launched Blessed Earth, based out of Wilmore, KY, to actively engage faith communities in creation care through church, campus and media outreach.
Led by Ed Brown, author of Our Father’s World, Care of Creation is a Christian environmental missions organization. Their focus is to mobilize the church to address environmental issues facing their communities and their neighbors around the world. They do this through writing, speaking and consultations. In Kenya, Care of Creation has an active project located Limuru that focuses on farming, tree planting and water harvesting.
Christians for the Mountains is a grassroots organization working to end the practice of mountaintop removal mining (MTR) in Appalachia. Led by Allen Johnson, they work to engage churches and raise awareness nationally on many the issues surrounding MTR. Christians for the Mountains partners closely with other organizations, such as the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Coal River Mountain Watch and has put together a series of short documentary films on a DVD entitled Mountain Mourning.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international association of intentionally Christian colleges and universities. Founded in 1976 with 38 members, the Council has grown to 111 members in North America and 70 affiliate institutions in 24 countries. Their mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.
This ministry in the Pacific Northwest works with churches to engage communities on environmental concerns. They also put together helpful resources for use in churches and maintain a website that lists lots of information and events.
A leader in sustainable agricultural practices, ECHO is a Christian missions and consulting organization based out of North Ft. Myers, Florda. A member of the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations, ECHO’s mission is “to network with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions.” Their Florida headquarters includes a nursery, seed bank and global demonstration farm, which also doubles as the Florida campus of the Au Sable Institute. Interested students and graduates can also intern in different areas of the organization, where they learn hands-on sustainable agriculture practices for a wide variety of ecosystems.
Eden Reforestation Projects “recreate healthy forests systems that restorre hope, alleviate suffering, empower people, and build local economies in imporverished communities. While their U.S. office lead by Steve Fitch is largely staffed by volunteers out of California, this international ministry has nontheless been able to plant millions upon millions of seedlings in Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and beyond.
The EEN of Washington seeks to “educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God’s creation, to be faithful stewards of God’s provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment.” Their website contains many biblically based resources geared toward a range of ages and audiences, and they publish Creation Care quarterly. The EEN is also well know for its work helping to spearhead and coordinate the Evangelical Climate Initiative.
Flourish is a new organization that seeks to be a catalyst for creation care among churches and families. They do this by providing resources such as Flourish magazine (online and print), by working with church teams to organize service and missions projects that integrate caring for creation, and by helping churches measure and reduce their environmental footprints (through avenues such as energy conservation).
Their mission is to “reverse deforestation and poverty in the world, by transforming the lives of the rural poor.” They do this through community development education, agriculture and forestry, microfinance loans and Christian discipleship. They currently have projects on the ground in Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, along with offices in the United States.