Weekly newsletter or bulletin insert: Fix broken household items, and James Cone

In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to fix broken appliances or clothes rather than throwing them away, and our quote is from the late Rev. Dr. James Cone.

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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews

This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Fix broken household items

Our tip this week is inspired by a recent New York Times article: Don’t throw away that broken appliance or gadget—fix it!

In today’s culture of consumption and convenience, it’s tempting to replace something the moment it stops working (or the moment a newer model comes out). But all those new gadgets require extra carbon emissions and resource extraction. One recent report found that emissions from electrical and electronic equipment could be cut in two if we just repaired a few more items instead of replacing them—saving tens of millions of tons of greenhouse gases!

Thanks to online shipping, YouTube, and websites like iFixit, it’s amazing what replacement parts and instruction videos you can find. From swapping out parts to sewing old clothes, it’s amazing what can be done in just 15 minutes. An $8 part to fix a broken $80 bread machine will not only save you money, it might also help save God’s wounded creation.

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The Rev. Dr. James Cone

“The logic that led to slavery and segregation in the Americas, colonization and Apartheid in Africa, and the rule of white supremacy throughout the world is the same [logic] that leads to the exploitation of animals and the ravaging of nature. It is a mechanistic and instrumental logic that defines everything and everybody in terms of their contribution to the development and defense of white world supremacy. People who fight against white racism but fail to connect it to the degradation of the earth are anti-ecological—whether they know it or not. People who struggle against environmental degradation but do not incorporate in it a disciplined and sustained fight against white supremacy are racists—whether they acknowledge it or not. The fight for justice cannot be segregated but must be integrated with the fight for life in all its forms.”

– The Rev. Dr. James Cone, 1938-2018, in a 2000 essay called “Whose Earth is it Anyway?” Dr. Cone, known as one of the founding voices of Black Theology, taught at Union Theological Seminary, which is now home to Episcopal Divinity School.

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