Ways to Care for Creation

Ways To Care for Creation Blogpost
 

Twelve Easy Ways To Care for Creation!

By Madeleine Demetriades, Minister of Music

 

Earth Day 2021 is a great time to learn about easy ways that we can care for our beautiful planet. 

Read on to learn more!

  1. Eat Your Leftovers. Did you know that 25% of food that Americans buy goes into landfills? Producing food takes water, land and heavy machinery. Prevent energy waste as well as food waste by always finishing your leftovers.

Photo Credit: Anna Pelzer

 

  1. Green-ify Your Laundry Routine! Only do laundry when you have a full load. Avoid high energy/electricity bills by hanging laundry on a clothing line or drying rack.

 

  1. Calculate Your Water Footprint. Click HERE to find out what your water footprint is, and learn how to reduce your impact!

 

  1. Opt For Green Cleaning Products. Many cleaning products have harsh and toxic chemicals that are harmful to us, our children and pets as well as the environment. Look for green products at your local grocery store.

                                                                                                                                 Photo Credit: Bill Oxford

  2. Change Light Bulbs. CFL and LED bulbs emit 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

 

  1. Commit to Low/No Waste Grocery Shopping! Bring your own container or tote bag to the store to reduce plastic bag waste.

 

  1. Turn Off Lights. Lights Off Cornell, a university sustainability movement, found that the college could save up to $60,000.00 a year in 2010 by turning off all of the unused lights on campus.

 

  1. Shorten Shower by Five Minutes. Shortening your time in the shower by just five minutes can save up to 12.5 gallons of water!

 

  1. Eliminate Energy Vamps! Items such as blow-dryers, phone chargers and coffee pots are major energy vampires. See what can be unplugged around your house. You will be surprised by how much energy you save!

 

  1. Contact Your Local Representative. Take initiative and call, email or write your local representative about creation care issues. To find yours, you can call the U.S. Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or click HERE to search by zip code.

                                                                                                                         Photo Credit: Louis Velazquez

  1. Read a Book Concerning Creation Care! We recommend titles such as Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice by United Methodist Minister Sharon Delgado, and 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Congregation Can Make a Difference by Rev. Rebecca Barnes of Presbyterian Church (USA).

 

  1. Plan a Green Meal. Challenge yourself to prepare a one-pot meal, which will save on electricity, gas and water. Also, plan to purchase meat and produce from local farmers in your community!
 
 

One Response to “Ways to Care for Creation”

  1. Sally H Sayre says:

    Thanks, Madeleine!

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