6 Things You Can Do This Earth Day
1. Read: Longing for Enough in a Culture of More from the 2010 Reading Program. This book features 25 brief meditations on releasing ourselves from a life of excess, to a “life of enough.” Read reflections on this book and post your comments for discussion.
Read The Book of Resolutions 2008, ¶1026, page 81, which states, “We support measures which will lead to a more careful and efficient use of the resources of the natural world. We urge United Methodists to analyze their consumption patterns and to seek to live a simple and less resource-dependent life.”
2. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
- Recycle Paper – use both sides
- Use washable grocery bags instead of plastic
- Return hangers to the cleaners
- Donate clothing
3. Go Meatless
Once a week go without meat for dinner and save water and reduce climate change gases produced by livestock. Did you know that a meat-based diet uses seven times more land than a plant-based diet? (http://veg.ca/content/view/133/111/ )
• Eat organic and in season
4. Walk, Ride a Bike, or Use Public Transportation instead of driving a car. Did you know that a city bus saves the planet 40 cars worth of pollutants? (http://www.greenenergysustainability.com/best-going-green-tips/tips-to-save-gas.html)
5. Join the Earth Day 2010 campaign. Sign the Climate Declaration “to demand a comprehensive climate bill from Congress."
6. Visit UMWOnline for tips on going Green and Becoming a Green Unit.