In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to avoid fast food and our quote is from Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Fix broken household items
This week’s tip is taken from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s Facebook page: Avoid fast food.
“Several factors harmful to the environment result from the fast-food business model, including the methane produced by factory farming, the clear cutting of forests for grazing pastures, and long-distance shipping. In addition, fast food packaging counts for an estimated 40 percent of all litter, with styrofoam being the most common food waste.”
Eating at home is the cheapest, healthiest, and most environmentally friendly choice. When that’s not an option and you need food on the go fast, consider the deli counter at a local grocery store instead of fast food. Go inside the store to order–idling the car in the drive-through can waste gas. And always try to carry your own reusable cups and bags with you.
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Gratitude may seem like weak tea given the desperate challenges that lie before us, but it is powerful medicine, much more than a simple thank you. Giving thanks implies recognition not only of the gift, but of the giver. When I eat an apple, my gratitude is directed to that wide-armed tree whose tart offspring are now in my mouth, whose life has become my own…. We human people have protocols for gratitude; we apply them formally to one another. We say thank you. We understand that receiving a gift incurs a responsibility to give a gift in return. The next step in our cultural evolution, if we are to persist as a species on this beautiful planet, is to expand our protocols for gratitude to the living Earth.”
– Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer; mother, scientist, writer, enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. This quote comes from her essay “Returning the Gift.”