The EIP presupposes that all life is intricately, intimately connected. Therefore it is of deep concern for all life’s health that we preserve life’s diversity and live out the knowledge of life’s intentional web.
Here are some examples of life’s connections:
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/ecosystems/teacherguide6.html (has teaching resources)
The EIP Broken Down
To learn more about how to begin to think, move, and breathe the Ecologically Integrated Paradigm, here are some websites about EIP’s features and ideas for how to start living out this new way of thinking about earth-human health:
http://www.localharvest.org find organic farms near you
http://earth911.org/energy/ how to conserve energy and what it costs
http://www.cfra.org/policy/2007 about the 2007 Farm Bill
http://www.farmpolicyfacts.org/ current news about the 2007 Farm Bill
http://www.sierraclub.org/ an organization dedicated to preserving the environment
What you can do to make earth-human health a priority!
2. Start buying only organic produce. It will be more expensive but it will be healthier for you and the earth. http://www.localharvest.org
3. Notice farms. What's being grown around you? Corn? Soybeans? Strawberries? If you know any farmers, ask them what is like growing food these days. http://farmertofarmer.org/ is a website about farmers helping farmers all over the world.
4. Review the food given and collected for food pantries. Is the food healthy? Is it locally grown? If all people deserve good food, what new ideas pop up for how your congregation can do ministry that connects earth health with human heath?
5. Check out these books, read them in groups, and learn more about the push to be earth and human healthy. (on www.amazon.com as of May 3, 2008.)
6. Commit to Bible study that centers on the theme of creation. Check out these ideas for a Bible Study.
Become a Green Congregation: