LIVING LIGHT
Living Light
Welcome! You have found the site of the CreationKeepers team (Christ Church's Eco Church Committee), which shares ideas and experiences about how we can all lighten our environmental footprint. We do this because we see our planet and its resources at a breaking point and believe in the power of personal examples. Most weeks, we will reflect on some aspect of living, working, shopping, consuming, reading, learning, etc. These are all local experiences and can easily be adopted by others in our community. Our authors (Rosie and Monika) look forward to any comments or ideas that you may also have and want to share. Send us your ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blog #1: "Living Light" at Christ Church Vienna

January 15, 2021
Monika Weber-Fahr
Welcome to this first blog in our new Living Light blog series. This first blog will give you some background on why, as an Anglican, you might want to consider ways to lighten your environmental footprint.
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Why should you care? Our planet is in a dire situation. Many planetary resources have been overused. In effect, we are borrowing from our own future. The way we have organised our lives, the lifestyles we aspire to, and our own choices, play a big part in the use and overuse of resources such as fossil fuels, fish and seafood, forest products, meat, cereals, land, and water, while also polluting much of the remaining resources. Overuse and pollution take different forms in different locations, of course. Yet, living in a globalised world means that we are connected to choices made by industries and individuals in many other countries around the world. We all have a part to play in bringing about change.
Anglicans have long been concerned with environmental issues. From extreme weather to food shortages, all of us are affected. Guided by the fifth of the Marks of Mission, we strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth and its environmental resources. As a community and as individuals, we can take action that reflects our commitment to safeguarding God's creation: personal action, political action, economic action.
Will we make a difference? The jury is out! We may be just like the proverbial hummingbird, doing what we can, but let’s not forget: It was the hummingbird that inspired Nobel Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai to set up the successful Green Belt Movement in Kenya. In the spirit of Wangari’s work, we prefer to think about our chances to make a difference. As Margaret Meade would have us believe: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
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As a community, the first and easiest way to contribute to safeguarding our environment is to lighten the footprint we, ourselves, leave behind, by being mindful of (and perhaps more efficient in) our energy use, the food we eat, the waste we create, and so on. Why does our footprint matter? The concept of environmental footprint is based on the notion that, in the course of living our lives, we take things (from the environment) and leave things behind as we eat, consume, move around, use energy, build and live in houses or flats (and churches) and so on.
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Living Light will provide you with regular tips and tricks on how to change the profile and the depth of your environmental footprint right here, in Vienna. In today’s world, living light goes well beyond the jute bags of the 1980s. There are fun, interesting, and convenient ways of making small changes in one’s habits, choices, and ways of living and working that can have a big impact. And the best part is that when we live light, it is often better not just for the planet but also for everyone’s health! So, what better way to start the new year than by committing to living lightly.