Without intending it, we have been using and even abusing the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as if they would last forever. We cut down a tree in minutes, but it takes decades to grow a new one. We throw our trash in a landfill, but soon more and more of our precious countryside is sacrificed for this purpose. We eat foods that are produced in ways that consume huge amounts of energy derived from fossil fuels that cannot be replaced. We pour toxic substances into the bay, believing that they will be diluted in this huge body of water, and thus rendered harmless, but sooner or later the amount of pollutants is overwhelming and living things in the water die. These habits are not sustainable

Our faith traditions teach us that as God loves us, God loves future generations also. For them must act sustainably. We now see more clearly that it is our responsibility to think ahead and to conserve precious resources in ways that ensure they will last.  By living more simply we will live more sustainably

Water is one of Earth’s most precious resources, essential for life. Sustainable living includes using less water, being careful not to pollute the groundwater, and advocating for state-of-the-art water supply and water treatment services in our communities.  Using water wisely is an expression of our caring for God's creation

Some Responses

  • Use less water in the home, in the yard
  • Install water-saving appliances and bathroom fittings
  • Implement best management practices for irrigation
  • Conserve energy - Talk with Interfaith Power and Light about Congregational Energy-Saving Approaches
  • Advocate for state of the art water supply and water treatment plants