Weekly parish newsletter/bulletin insert: Protect the Arctic, and a Lenten message from GREEN Anglicans

This week’s tip is to sign a new Arctic action alert from the Episcopal Public Policy Network, and our quote is about Lent from the Rev. Rachel Mash of Green Anglicans.

Think having a green corner in your church 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, 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: Protect the Arctic with the Episcopal Public Policy Network

A recent email from the official Episcopal Public Policy Network asks Episcopalians to support the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act:

“The Administration is now rapidly pushing to open it for industrial fossil fuel extraction. This is a clear threat to critical efforts to address climate change but is also a unique affront to civil rights as it threatens the Gwich’in way of life, food security, and rights of indigenous people to control their own land.

“The Episcopal Church is happy to announce that, in coalition with secular and coalition partners, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act was introduced on February 11th. This important legislation would restore half a century of protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by repealing a provision – passed as part of the controversial tax act of 2017 – mandating an oil and gas program for the Refuge’s fragile coastal plain.”

Send a message to Congress today, and let them know your faith and values lead you to oppose drilling that will hurt the climate or the Gwich’in people!

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The Rev. Rachel Mash, GREEN Anglicans

“Lent is a time when we prepare our hearts and lives before celebrating the wonder of Easter. It is a time to break free from bad habits that are hurting God, our neighbor, and God’s Creation…

“This Lent we are challenged to turn from the sin of damaging God’s planet and hurting our neighbors by our over use of single use (throwaway) plastic.

“By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Plastic is already entering into our drinking water. Plastic clogs our rivers, leaches into our soil and is one of the greatest challenges the planet faces. The good news is that there are alternatives. We can break our dependency on throwaway plastic. This Lent, begin a journey to explore other ways of living. to limit your damage to the Earth and to inspire others.”

– The Rev. Rachel Mash, writing for GREEN Anglicans. Her organization, the official Anglican Church of Southern African Environmental Network, has created a 40-day “Less Plastic for Lent” calendar that you can find here: http://www.greenanglicans.org/less-plastic-for-lent

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