Weekly parish newsletter/bulletin insert: Use reusable shopping bags, and the World Council of Churches

This week’s tip is to use your own reusable bags at the grocery store, and our quote is from the World Council of Churches.

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: Use your own reusable bags at the grocery store

Maybe you’ve heard of the Great Pacific garbage patch — an area of floating ocean garbage that weights more than 43,000 cars and is twice the size of Texas. The patch is a true tragedy: Every year, roughly one million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless fish die each from eating plastic waste. Clearly, humans need to use less plastic to care for God’s creation, and Christians can lead the way.

Using your own bags, especially at the grocery store, is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic you consume. You don’t even to wait for the checkout line to use them – you can also use your own bags for loose produce, instead of the single-use plastic the store provides. Be sure to store your bags in the trunk of your car so you don’t forget them when it’s to go shopping!

You can find lots of different colors and styles of canvas bags online, or your local grocery store might sell them too. (When possible, buying in a store is better for the environment, since it means less shipping.)

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The World Council of Churches

“The divine presence of the Spirit in creation binds us human beings together with all created life. We are accountable before God in and to the community of life, an accountability which has been imagined in various ways: as servants, stewards and trustees, as tillers and keepers, as priests of creation, as nurturers, as co-creators. This requires attitudes of compassion and humility, respect and reverence.”

– The World Council of Churches, report of the 1991 General Assembly, “Come Holy Spirit – Renew the Whole Creation”

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