This week’s tip is to eat in-season foods this winter, and our quote is from Professor Karen Baker-Fletcher.
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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Eat seasonally this winter
Winter is here, and that means it’s getting colder. When the weather changes, it’s time for our diets to change, too. Eating seasonal and local food is a great way to reduce our carbon footprints. When we eat strawberries or watermelon in the winter, chances are we’re eating something that’s been shipped from far away – which means a lot of transportation and a lot of fossil fuels. (Eating seasonally and locally also means the foods will be fresher, and hopefully tastier!)
What’s in-season will vary depending on where you live, but some common winter foods include bok choy, carrots, chard, citrus fruit, mushrooms, potatoes, sprouts, winter squash, and more. Visit https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org/ to enter your state and the time of year to learn more about what’s in season near you!
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Dr. Karen Baker-Fletcher
“We must consider what it means to say that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the Spirit of God. If we take the metaphors of dust and spirit, in the creation account of humankind in Genesis 2, we humans are both earthly and spiritual. We have been born of dust and spirit. Likewise, Jesus was born of dust and spirit. To be human means that in our very embodiment we have a profound, natal connection to earth and spirit. Jesus’ significance is that he is said to have been fully human and fully Spirit of God. Our task as Christians is to embody the spirit of Christ as fully as possible by loving our bodies and spirits deeply. Then perhaps we can love our neighbors, whether human or non-human, in more life-loving ways.
“Our most important reason for being actively concerned about the fate of the earth stems from the Christian ethic of love. We are called to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The earth is our nearest, dearest, deeply tied to our own creation and continued life.”
– Professor Karen Baker-Fletcher, writing in “Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit,” a major work of eco-womanism.
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