In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to carry a reusable water bottle, and our quote comes from Dr. Dave Bookless. 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: Switch to reusable water bottles!
The plastic water bottles that Americans use every year create an enormous amount of carbon pollution: The same as it takes to fuel 535,000 cars, or power 250,000 homes!
The world is also plagued by plastic pollution, which threatens more than 250 different species of wildlife every year. Even the water that fills these bottles is often taken from indigenous lands and other poor communities that need it more than the corporations that pump it away.
Imagine the difference it could make for God’s earth if this summer, we stopped using extra plastic items like water bottles, straws, and shopping bags. Changing our habits to avoid plastic water bottles doesn’t have to be hard. As the weather heats up, put a reusable metal water bottle in your purse or car and you’ll have one with you everywhere you go, ready to fill up at the next water fountain.
At home, drink tap water. You can put a filter on the faucet if you need, or get a pitcher with a built-in filter to keep in your fridge. Bonus for the pitcher: You can add a couple lemons or limes for natural flavor!
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Dr. Dave Bookless
“The Holy Spirit is far more than a privatized resource for spiritual experiences or even God’s gift to inaugurate the Church. The Holy Spirit is intimately and intrinsically connected to all God’s work from the start of creation to the completion of the new creation… The Bible frequently uses anthropomorphic language, talking of trees clapping their hands (Isaiah 55:12), stones crying out (Luke 19:40), and the land mourning (Hosea 4:3). This isn’t pantheism, but is rather a recognition that the Holy Spirit animates and permeates all of creation.”
– Dr. Dave Bookless is the Director of Theology for A Rocha, an international “Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation.” This quote is from his June 6 blog post, “Earth, Wind and Fire: A Pentecostal approach to Creation Care.”