“Sustainability” is an over-used word at world-wide conferences, yet the concept might as well be on another planet from the everyday life of much of the world’s population. How do children and communities surviving at subsistence level make ‘sustainability’ a lived-out reality? Eden believes that transformation of unsustainable environmental practices begins when children recognize that some of what they do to survive another day will actually cause their long-term demise. Kids in class 8 do care about these things because they dream of bright futures! But realizing a habit is destructive is only the first step in the process of transformation, especially if the habit has no immediate negative consequences. Living sustainably for many Eden Campers and Club members means sacrificing time and effort to learn new ways to do the most basic of human activities: cooking, planting food, drinking water and homemaking. Living sustainably means finding ways to reduce the use of firewood or charcoal for cooking. Alternatives like charcoal balls or briquettes are possible to make but it takes time and effort. Planting trees for a sustainable source of firewood means a family must own enough land to grow crops and trees. Mulching a garden requires that some other food be found for the family cow. Transformation of behavior to sustainable environmental practices is necessary, but entails a lot of risk for those depending each day on the land for life. Compassion and patience must accompany any program that aims to transform unsustainable environmental practices to more sustainable ways of living. That is one reason Eden Camps and Clubs works with children, slowly and in a non-threatening way exposing children to the dangers of current practices and opening their eyes to alternative ways to living life, both physically and spiritually. Pray with us that the God of Life will empower the next generation to choose Life!