If you haven’t heard of what sustainability it is this: avoiding the use of natural resources on the earth. In the last couple of years, sustainability has become a popular opinion.

          One great example of this is the use of paper straws to eliminate plastic waste. With this growing lifestyle change, some people are hopping on the bandwagon of sustainability, while others are not.

          I, myself, try to be as sustainable as possible. In this, I know that I will never be able to eliminate all of my waste completely or stop the use of all plastic or other materials because in the end that isn’t realistic.

          Although I try my best to be eco-friendly, I do not judge others by their choices. I only share, when prompted, why I make the green choices that I do. But, if you’re here reading this then you are looking for my opinion so here it is.

          The reason that Christianity aligns with sustainably is that it is God’s calling on our lives to care for the earth. Genesis 2:15 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (NIV). God created man first to love and glorify God, but also to steward and maintain what He created.

          In caring for the created world, sustainability works toward this command. By being mindful of the use of natural resources it is taking the work to follow this instruction.

          The earth was made for us to enjoy. Each living animal and growing plant exists in this world for humanity to care for and experience. However, we can not do those things while we are diminishing and causing them to go extinct. In this, I am not assuming that the decrease in animals and plants is only because of the lack of preservation of materials and waste disposal. I understand that death is a natural way of life, but I am not ignorant to think that our waste does not contribute to the degrading of living things.

          In this command from God, to care for the earth, sustainability is one of the best ways to work toward this goal. Being conscientious of how much waste is being produced, how it is discarded, and the way it affects our ecosystem are all questions that Christians should be asking to take part in maintaining the environment. Switching to biodegradable materials or skipping the straw are always simple ways for Christians to partake in caring for the earth on a day to day basis. Although the use of single-use plastic is often the easy choice, it is not stewarding what God gave you. To me, going out of my way to limit the amount of waste I use is worth more than my time or money. I do this because I know that I am doing my very small part in caring for the world that God created for me to enjoy.

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