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 Climate News is here to help! Every Monday, to help Christians live out our faith in daily life, ECN offers a free green-living tip and a theological quote that your parish can use. Just copy/paste the text below, and feel free to edit/shorten as your space requires. Share this week’s column on Facebook.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly 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 fall is a fantastic time to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables: In many places, fresh apples, beets, broccoli, carrots, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, mushrooms, potatoes, swiss chard, and squash can still be found.
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: Meister Eckhart
“Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature—even a caterpillar— I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.” – Meister Eckhart, 13th century German theologian