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We’re excited you want to make a commitment to live more sustainably and adopt new habits that are good for the Earth! We’ve identified a variety of commitments you can consider within three high-impact behavior areas: transportation, energy, and food.

Within each category (below), these commitments are organized from smallest to largest impact. In other words, the most helpful commitments you can make include: “Have one less car in the family”, “Install a solar array to power my residence”, and “Adopt a 100% plant-based diet”.

Please:

  • Try behaviors that are new for you, rather than things you are already doing.

  • Select one or more options below - or send us a message if you want to suggest another type of commitment that isn’t currently listed.

  • Challenge yourself to try behaviors that have the greatest impact - the options farther down each list are the ones that help our planet the most!

  • Make as many commitments as you feel inspired to follow - there is no limit!

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Transportation Commitment

How we travel from one place to another always has an impact on the Earth, no matter how near or far. We invite you to join us in moving around our world more thoughtfully and sustainably.

Happy travels!

Every time you walk, cycle, rollerblade, skateboard, etc. instead of driving for 3 km (2 miles), you save one inflated balloon’s worth of carbon pollution

Instead of driving your car, try riding the bus or train 3 days per week. If you choose the bus, you can save 1 day’s worth of carbon pollution each week. If you choose the train, you can save 2 day’s worth of carbon pollution each week!

About 25% of airplane pollution happens during take-off and landing. If you have to fly, please choose the non-stop flight option whenever possible.

If you choose to commute by bus, rather than driving your own car, you can save an entire season’s worth of carbon pollution over the course of one year. And if you choose to commute by train, you’ll save nearly double that!

If you purchased a new electric car and drove it until it broke down, then bought another electric car and drove that second vehicle until it broke down, you would produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than buying and driving a single gasoline-powered car. And the batteries from both electric cars could also be reused or recycled!

Every time you choose to avoid a single transatlantic flight, you save more carbon than you would by switching to renewable energy in your home for an entire year!

Every time you choose to avoid a single transatlantic flight, you save more carbon than you would by switching to renewable energy in your home for an entire year … so just imagine how much you could help the Earth by choosing to avoid air travel entirely!

Using one less car in your family (or, ideally, living an entirely car-free lifestyle) is one of the most helpful things you can do for the Earth!

I will share my experiences with keeping commitments, the challenges, rewards, beautiful surprises and spiritual insights with my fellow community members and invite them into conversation and making a commitment to sustainable living, too.

Do you want to make a sustainable transportation commitment that is not listed above? We would be happy to evaluate its impact on climate change and consider adding it as a permanent option here. Please email us today!

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Energy Commitment

How do we heat and cool our homes? When do we use electrical appliances? Where does our electricity come from? We invite you consider these questions and lower your home’s impact on climate change.

Power up!

Using LEDs instead of conventional light bulbs is a helpful step to reducing carbon pollution. The technology is improving each year, making LEDs more efficient and longer-lasting!

Air-drying your clothes can save about as much carbon pollution as recycling your glass, plastic, and paper goods. If you care about recycling, consider no longer using a dryer machine.

Did you know that heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home? And the numbers are not much better in other developed countries. By keeping your home temperature just a few degrees warmer during summer, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

Did you know that heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home? And the numbers are not much better in other developed countries. By keeping your home temperature just a few degrees cooler during winter, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

All air-conditioners cause carbon pollution, which represents a serious threat to our planet at scale. Unfortunately, air-conditions can also release hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — chemical compounds that trap thousands of times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide — if they are broken or when they are thrown away. Try minimizing your air-conditioning use in order to conserve electricity, produce less pollution, and require less repair and replacement for your machine.

By using renewable energy to power your home, you can save as much carbon pollution replacing your gas-powered car with an electric car and also replacing all your home’s light bulbs with LEDs!

Using solar energy to power your home is one of the most helpful things you can do for the planet. Depending on how much of your previous energy use came from coal, natural gas, or other unsustainable sources, you could reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions by a factor of at least 5 ... and possibly as high as 200!

I will share my experiences with keeping commitments, the challenges, rewards, beautiful surprises and spiritual insights with my fellow community members and invite them into conversation and making a commitment to sustainable living, too.

Do you want to make a sustainable energy commitment that is not listed above? We would be happy to evaluate its impact on climate change and consider adding it as a permanent option here. Please email us today!

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Food Commitment

Meat, cheese, and milk production all create lots of carbon pollution. What we do with “everything we don’t eat” can also hurt the environment … or it can help! We invite you to eat a plant-based diet and compost your non-meat food scraps.

Bon appetit!

Internationally, food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any single country except for China or the United States. In fact, food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, and Canada combined!

If you and your family decided to skip meat two days per week for an entire year, you would save as much carbon pollution as taking your car off the road for ten weeks!

Most dairy comes from animals known as ruminants — including cows, sheep, and goats — which produce lots of methane gas during their digestion processes. Compared with carbon dioxide, this methane gas is 25 times more effective at trapping heat in our atmosphere!

Composting your leftover fruits, vegetables, grains, and non-animal proteins is the best way to use your “food scraps”. Rather than trapping these items in a landfill where they will decompose and build up dangerous greenhouse gases, try composting them to create a rich fertilizer you can use in your garden!

Meat production requires 11 times more fossil fuels per calorie than grain production. And this doesn’t even take into account the negative impacts of animal waste, refrigeration, storage, transportation, and even greater environmental concerns!

In the United States, the greenhouse gas emissions from beef production alone are roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 24 million cars or 33 coal-fired power plants. Lamb — which is categorized alongside beef as “red meat” — is almost as bad for the Earth!

Raising animals for meat accounts for about 10-15% of all the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans around the world. The percentages are even higher in certain countries that produce and consume a lot of meat, including New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and the United States.

Eating a plant-based diet saves more carbon pollution than replacing a traditional gas-powered car with a hybrid car. That’s a whole lot of energy and waste!

Eating a 100% plant-based diet — meaning no milk, cheese, eggs, or other animal food products — saves twice as much carbon pollution as eating a vegetarian diet that makes exception for those foods.

I will share my experiences with keeping commitments, the challenges, rewards, beautiful surprises and spiritual insights with my fellow community members and invite them into conversation and making a commitment to sustainable living, too.

Do you want to make a sustainable food commitment that is not listed above? We would be happy to evaluate its impact on climate change and consider adding it as a permanent option here. Please email us today!

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You can choose as many commitments as you feel able to complete. If you like you can find more.

Australian First Nation/Aboriginal:

The destruction of the planet has begun through our over-exploitation of our lands and seas. These are not times for blame and accusation. There is a task ahead of all of us to address the outcomes of our avarice and sloth.

Patrick Dodson, Yawuru man

So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she’s the one that gives birth to everything we see around us, everything we need to survive.

Max Dulumunmun Harrison

Sikh: Then why get attached to what you will leave behind. Having wealth, you indulge in pleasures bout, From that, tell me, who will bail you out? All your houses, horses, elephants and luxurious cars, They are just pomp and show, all totally false.

Guru Granth Sahib

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy... Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men... Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.

Baha'u'llah

O Ye Rich Ones on Earth! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease.

Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words

We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us… Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it.

Shoghi Effendi

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

Now is the time to manifest the beauty, gentleness, and kindness of our tender human hearts in social forms. The world is longing for such examples.

17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. We are imprisoned in our small selves, thinking only of having some comfortable conditions for this small self, while we destroy our large self. If we want to change the situation, we must begin by being our true selves. To be our true selves means we have to be the forest, the river, the ozone layer.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees and soil. Our bodily parts function as a cooperative. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise, that human beings are all mutual friends in the process of birth, old age, suffering, and death, then we can build a noble, even heavenly environment. If our lives are not based in this truth, then we shall all perish.

Peter Levitt

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

“Hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”

(Laudato Si’, 49)

“Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. Now, think. What delight God gives to humankind with all these things . . . All nature is at the disposal of humankind. We are to work with it. For without it we cannot survive.” (Hildegard of Bingen)

“In addressing the challenge of climate change, everyone has a part to play.”

(Irish Bishops’ Conference)

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

"The Earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof."

Psalm 24:1

"Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation . . . all things were created by him and for him . . . For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."

Colossians 1:15-20

Caring for God’s loving gift of creation is “an integral part of our mission and an expression of our worship to God for his wonderful plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.”

Creation Care and the Gospel: Call to Action, 2012

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?”

Job 12:7-9, NRSV

“The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

Psalm 24:1-2

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Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

The Earth is my mother and I am her child!

Atharva Veda (12.1.12)

Dharma exists for the welfare of all beings. Hence, that by which the welfare of all living beings is sustained, that for sure is dharma

Mahabharata

Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor

Bhagavad-Gita

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Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

The Torah is a commentary on the world, and the world is a commentary on the Torah.

—This motto reflects our determination to apply Jewish thought to some of the greatest challenges of our time – and our belief that the act of doing so is good not only for the world, but also for the renewal of Jewish life itself.

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?"

Pirkei Avot 1:14

Upon creating the first human beings, God guided them around the Garden of Eden, saying; 'Look at my creations! See how beautiful and perfect they are! I created everything for you. Make sure you don't ruin or destroy My world. If you do, there will be no one after you to fix it'

Midrash Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Rabbah 7:13

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

“It is He who has appointed you vicegerents upon the earth, and has raised some of you in rank above others, that He may try you in what He has given you. Surely your Lord is swift in reckoning; and surely He is All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate.”

(Qur’an 6:165)

“O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is indeed Him that you worship.”

(Qur’an 2:172)

Eat and drink from the provision of Allah , and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.”

(Qur’an 2:60)

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

"We commit to... radically changed ways of living. Let us do so out of joy, celebration, reverence and a deep love of life."

Australian Friends Statement on Earthcare, 2008

“We are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole earth, in right sharing with all peoples.”

Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice, World Conference of Friends, 2012

“We see this Earth as a stunning gift that supports life. It is our only home. Let us care for it together"

Facing the Challenge of Climate Change: A shared statement by Quaker groups, 2015

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

As a global family we share the same unique planet and share the same hopes and aspirations for a world of justice and humanity. Yet, at the dawn of the next millennium, we are concerned that life on earth is threatened.

THE MT. ABU DECLARATION 22 Sept 89

"The 21st century will be spiritual or will not be"

André Malraux

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.


Aldous Huxley

Get Involved

Add your name to the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently” alongside diverse religious, faith, and lay leaders from around the world.

Register to watch the live stream video of the glorious multi-faith service at Grace Cathedral on 12 September, which will kick off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. This will be a truly unique opportunity for us to come together in prayer and call for real climate leadership around the world.

Join us in celebrating the first ever Week of Living the Change between 7-14 October. People from diverse religions and spiritualities will come together to share a plant-based community meal, affirm personal stories of sustainable living, and celebrate together with local events around the world! Register your event and apply for funding here.

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