Caring for Our Earth

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

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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Use homemade, safe weed killer. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, the second most widely used lawn and garden weed killer in the U.S., and concluded that it raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41% and significantly increases the risk of non-Hodgkin
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Choose gas over charcoal grills and reduce carbon emissions: A widely cited Oak Ridge National Laboratory study calculated that a gas burner emits about 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour, compared to 11 pounds per hour for cooking over the coals. However, consider an electric grill, IF your energy comes from green sources, such as wind,
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GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK To control mosquitoes, try citronella plants, lemongrass, lemon thyme, and catnip and install a bat house, rather than using pesticides. Bats can consume large quantities of pesky bugs. The Weekly Green Tip is brought to by Michelle Sgarlat

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Weekly Green Tip

Use Earth Friendly Sunscreen this Summer! Do you ever check what is in your sunscreen? Usually, we just search for the letters ‘SPF’ and the highest number next to it and think, ‘this will do’. However given the research around the ingredients in skin care and sun care products and how they impact our health
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Out in your boat – or on a picnic – watch that trash!  One of the most serious hazards that pollutes lakes, rivers, and oceans is the careless disposal of plastic debris: plastic bags, six-pack rings, fishing line, and food wrappings. Many people don’t realize how hazardous this trash can be. On your boat, stow
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Most weddings have a registry, but do you need more stuff? Ask for experiences instead of things.  Guests can gift a dinner date or a cool activity for you to do on your honeymoon. If you do ask for physical gifts, make sure they are things you really will use. If you do choose to register for
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When deciding on flowers for your wedding check out nurseries and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area for native, local, in-season and organic flowers. Organically grown flowers won’t have any nasty pesticides and help support pollinator populations. Flowers that are native and in season are adapted to the local climate, so they require less water
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