This week’s green-living tip for parish bulletins or newsletters is to check your tire pressure now that the air is getting colder, and our quote comes from the author Kathleen Fischer. (And don’t forget last week’s bulletin insert, with seven tips to green your Thanksgiving!)
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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Check your tire pressure
It’s November – and when the weather turns cold, air pressure drops, including in our vehicles’ tires! Whether your car has a “low pressure” warning on the dashboard or not, it’s good to check tire pressure every month (especially in fall and winter) and make sure it’s still within the recommended range.
This tip isn’t just about safety or saving ten cents per gallon: Lower tire pressure means poor gas mileage. In fact, as many as 40% of cars don’t have fully inflated tires, creating millions of extra pounds of carbon pollution every year. That’s not good for God’s creation, but it’s an easy problem to fix.
For more advice on tire inflation and maintenance, read this short post from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Kathleen Fischer
“When we embrace even the smallest of creatures with love, we join in the Spirit’s work of sustaining the body of creation. Efforts to preserve biodiversity reflect the divine compassion that delights in and suffers with each individual. God knows each creature’s inner form and essence as only an artist can perceive it. Jesus underscores this point when he insists that God cares about every single sparrow [in Luke 12:6]… His words are mainly about God’s providence toward human beings: Fear should not keep us from living our faith, for we are held in God’s safekeeping. But to make his point, Jesus uses as an analogy God’s faithful care of sparrows – the cheapest of all the birds offered for sale. In doing so, he makes clear the worth each individual creature has in God’s eyes.”
Kathleen Fischer is an award-winning author, teacher, counselor, and spiritual director in Seattle. This passage comes from chapter three of her book on spiritual practices, “Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just.”
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