Think having a green corner in your parish newsletter or bulletin is a great idea, but don’t have time to research or write one? Episcopal Climates News is here to help! Every Monday, to help Christians live out our faith in daily life, ECN will offer a green-living tip and a theological quote that your parish can use in its weekly newsletter or bulletin. Just copy/paste the text below for your parish communications, and feel free to edit as space requires. Share this week’s column on Facebook.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s green-living tip: Let’s eat less meat!
The food system is responsible for 25% of all global greenhouse-gas emissions, and up to 80% of that is associated with livestock. This means that our diets are as key to solving climate change as are transportation and electricity!
While a vegetarian diet is the best way to “go green,” it isn’t the only way to lower our carbon footprints. Try eliminating meat at just two to three more meals per week, or at special parish events. Switching from beef to chicken can also make a big difference: One pound of beef requires the same amount of CO2 as driving 138 miles. A pound of chicken equals a much lower 35 miles! Beans and other vegetarian staples, on the other hand, are responsible for almost no CO2 emissions at all. The good news is that summer is a fantastic time to check out all the vegetable and fruits in season at your local farmer’s market: Berries, melons, tomatoes, radishes, arugula, beets, peppers, garlic, and so much more.
For more tips on reducing your food’s carbon footprint, visit http://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week:
“Climate change is one of the great moral challenges of our time… Climate change is an enormous injustice and is hurting the poor first and worst. Switching to responsible sources of electricity may seem like a small thing on its own, but when joined together it can make a real difference.” – The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam, the Church of England’s lead bishop for Environmental Affairs, explaining why 5,500 churches in the UK are switching to 100% clean energy. Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/5500-churches-in-england-embrace-renewable-energy-setting-example-for-all/