“You Think You Can Change the Climate?”
I was not prepared when an acquaintance at a Super Bowl party asked this question in response to my sharing that I am working on the climate crisis. It seemed a long time before my response, “yes I do.” That got me thinking.
Being a climate activist is a challenge. Although science interests me, debating does not. I feel God’s presence in my life, but not the impulse to proselytize. Good public speakers inspire me, but the thought of presenting a formal paper makes my knees knock. And I definitely do not relate the climate crisis and creation care to politics or tribal orientation. Being a citizen who leads by example is my style. That doesn’t engender followers, but perhaps that technique will stimulate action. To that end, I offer the following list of actions the Green Team and I have taken that do indeed, change the climate:
– We have begun a program to limit single use plastic at church and home.
– The team has planted a demonstration garden with elementary students.
– We have recycled plastic and cans from the Salt River Recreation Area.
– Our preschool has planted a veggie garden.
– Recycling plastic, aluminum, glass and corrugated directly helps.
– We collect green waste and dig it into gardens to trap carbon.
– We personally finance as well as plant trees to increase O2 (oxygen.)
– Repurposing unwanted household items reduces mfg. new items.
– We have divested our retirement accounts away from fossil fuels.
– Our family car is a hybrid with terrific mileage with batteries/gasoline.
– When forced to fly we buy carbon offsets (AZ Interfaith Power & Light.)
– Added insulation causes our home air conditioner to run less.
– Our community garden helps avoid trucking food into the stores.
– We installed a high efficiency heat pump at home & church.
– We switched lighting at home & church to reduce power needs.
These are a few activities that have proven to improve our environment, changing the climate. The time for action is now. Can you help?
By EarthKeeper, JP Smith.
17,000 Climate Leaders trained and working around the world! You can be trained (for free) by experts in climate change and community organizing in Atlanta or Brisbane, Australia. Dozens were trained this year from Arizona/Nevada, so you will have support and may consider joining the Baja Chapter in Tucson. Put this training in your climate toolbox to get out there and be more effective in creation care!
WHAT DO THESE VEGGIES HAVE IN COMMON?
Artichokes, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard,
endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leek, okra (yuk), onion, peas, radish, rutabaga, spinach, turnips.
They ALL can be planted in the Phoenix area NOW!
Winter gardens in the Valley do great!
Each 4 X 8 plot has a hose bibb.
Along with the Global Missions training I received to become a EarthKeeper in the Methodist church, UMCOR also published some of the projects attendees accomplished when they were commissioned to go back to their communities. Creating a church garden and Green Team were my projects and these were spread across the U.S. via the web page referenced above. Just some encouragement to look for information outlets that may not be obvious. Thx, JP Smith.
A time for Action-
As President T. Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Sounds like good advice even in this era. It seems likely that God created the goodness of the Earth for every creature, not every corporation. I challenge you to do more than talk, tweet, comment and post.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 27th, 2018. For on that date, our Desert Southwest Conference will do something it has never done before… host a Conference-wide workshop named, Invitation to Earth Care and Advocacy. Different congregations are supporting this effort to bring concerned citizens together to learn, practice and listen to everyone interested in Creation Care. This first-ever workshop day will be held in the conference meeting rooms, 1550 E. Meadowbrook Ave., Phoenix.
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Psalm 24:1
60 Pounds of Produce for $10.
In November, Red Mountain United Methodist church, will begin distributing fresh produce on the 3rd Saturday of each month through May 2018. Borderlands Food Bank http://www.borderlandsfoodbank.org/produce-on-wheels/ will supply the surplus veggies and fruit. Please register on the Borderlands website. This is an effort by Red Mountain to chip away at the food deserts surrounding the metropolitan areas of the Valley. All are welcome: 2936 N. Power Road, Mesa, 85215.
Notice how things slow down during the hot summer months in Arizona? At the Franciscan Renewal Center many parishioners flee to cooler climates, and those who remain in Arizona sorely miss our collaborators who work with us on climate change issues. There is one thing, however, that we can continue to do as individuals – no government, no state, no city help needed. And that is recycling! The Recycling Committee, which is part of the Care for Creation Committee at the Casa, has tirelessly researched this subject and has presented their findings in events throughout the year. Recycling is one area that should never slow down, no matter what the weather. All that is needed is a strong sense of personal responsibility and care for the earth.
Have you ever tossed a plastic bag in the recycling bin and wondered if you were doing the right thing? There are so many types of plastics and sorting them properly seems so complicated! If so, the following information will help.
You can recycle the following bags if they are clean and dry:
- Bread bags, food storage bags, newspaper bags,
- Air pillows – those air-filled bags used in shipping,
- Case wrap – the plastic wrapped around packs of water bottles,
- Napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue, diaper wrap packaging,
- Grocery and retail bags,
- Furniture and electronic wrap,
- Any bag that has the How2Recycle label. How2Recycle.info presents clear information about labeling.
What next now that everything is sorted? That’s easy! The following stores are partners in recycling plastic film – Safeway, Albertsons, Fry’s , Bashas’, Sprouts, Target.
Want to learn more about recycling plastics? Check out plasticfilmrecycling.org.
Help Decide the Future of Navajo Generating Station In February, owners of Navajo Generating Station, located in northeast Arizona, voted to close the power plant. Peabody Coal, which operates the nearby Kayenta Mine that supplies coal for the plant, is trying to find a way to keep the power plant open, including by providing misleading and inaccurate information, as highlighted in a recent analysis. The U.S. Department of the Interior will host four listening sessions for people to provide input on the future of the power plant. Please participate in one of these meetings!
|Phoenix Monday, May 15 1-4 p.m. Heard Museum, Monte Vista Room 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.