Caring for Our Earth

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A relationship with God’s creation and a ministry of caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a United Methodist.

Every week we include a Green Tip in Weekly Tidings and on our Church Authors page HERE encouraging our church family to consider ways of caring for our Earth.

The following is an excerpt from the Social Principles: The Natural World:

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.”

From Social Principles: The Natural World in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

Weekly Green Tip

The journal Science published an analysis which shows one third of the birds in the United States have disappeared since 1970. The study based on a survey of more than 500 species, reveals steep losses even among such traditionally abundant birds as robins and sparrows. Kevin Gaston, a conservation biologist at the University of Exeter,
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This is the scary month – and these are really scary times. The world came together to tell our leaders that we are worried – worried about the way the climate is changing and what that will do to our future on this planet – AND that they must do something about it! It was
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Don’t feel guilty when you travel to see grandkids or the World! Offset your travel with a donation that directly impacts carbon emissions. Two credible programs are: Carbonfund.org and cooleffect.org. Local organizations making a difference on Cape Cod:  Assoc. for the Preservation of CC, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, 350Cape Cod, Cape Wildlife Center, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research
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While you are away; reuse your towels and ask that sheets not be changed every day. Behave like you would want guests at your home to behave: Take shorter showers and shut off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth. Turn off lights before leaving the room. Hike marked trails. Dining out: eat local. Challenge yourself to include
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Travel Green: Buses, trains, hybrid cars, and coach seats on narrow jets weigh in at less than . pound of CO2 per mile. SUVs and first-class jets, produce more than one pound of CO2 per mile. Greenest option: Take the bus. A couple taking the bus will cut their carbon emissions nearly in half —
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Green Travel Tips: bring a reusable water bottle and a shopping bag, book non-stop flights whenever possible, rent a hybrid car, book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers (search: airlines that recycle), stay at a green hotel if possible (greenhotels.com)  Bring your own toiletries rather than using
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Weekly Green Tip

Planning to travel?  This month provides you with simple tips for earth-friendly travel.  Some of these also apply when staying home. Before you leave, turn off or unplug lights and electronics. Turn your thermostat up or down. Suspend newspaper delivery. Unwrap items and recycle packaging as much as possible. Do not print tickets – if you
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To share suburbia with wildlife, we need to: create corridors connecting natural areas; reduce  lawn area; and begin the transition from alien to native ornamental.  Homeowners can do this by planting borders of their properties heavily with native woody plants.  Even modest increases in native plant cover on suburban properties increases the number and species
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Use Native Plants in Landscaping. We need biodiversity, our ecosystem depends on it. The more diverse an ecosystem is, the more services (air, water, food, benign weather systems, carbon dioxide sequestration, garbage recycling etc.) it will provide.  Because 54% of the U.S. is now in cities or suburbs, and 41% is in agriculture, biodiversity will
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The importance of using native plants in your home landscape cannot be over emphasized.  90% of all insects that eat plants require native plants to complete their development. That is because plants protect their leaves with toxic chemicals. Insects can survive after eating those chemicals only after they have evolved physiological mechanisms for detoxifying them. This
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