I recently made a presentation at the SLC Sunstone Symposium (2010)titled: “Toward a Mormon Theological Justification for Environmental Activism.” One of the recommendations made by the respondent, Dan Wotherspoon, and others was that I should make suggestions for action. So here goes:
- If you are a full tithe payer, consider dividing some of your 10 percent between: fast offerings, the perpetual education fund, and LDS Humanitarian Services.
- If you are not a full tithe payer, consider giving some of your 10 percent to reputable charities like: Oxfam, Doctors without Borders, Partners in Health, Heifer, Green Peace, etc.
- Volunteer with reputable local “green” organizations or charities. Robert Kirby suggested volunteering at least 2 hours for every hour that you spend in church.
- Organize “green” and charitable projects in your local church or place of employment.
- Volunteer for a humanitarian mission.
- If your church constructs a new building, encourage leaders to make it “green.”
- When informative articles appear in church publications, write a letter or email thanking the editor.
- If you travel abroad in developing countries, travel with eco-friendly groups or tours.
- Encourage low-cost “green” funerals.
To list just a few.