Caring for the Earth – Faith in Action
The Knox United Church Green Team is dedicated to encouraging and supporting green initiatives in our church and community. We seek to create opportunities for connecting our faith and creation care. We hope to inspire and empower people for action through workshops, educational talks, practical programs and worship. We encourage the use of renewable energy and products made from renewable resources. We believe it is our responsibility to live so that our children and grandchildren can have a future.
Convenience: noun -the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty. We all like it when life is convenient. Many (maybe even most) of our actions are motivated by the idea of convenience. If it takes too much effort or is too difficult, we tend to avoid it. Even when we know that our convenience comes at a cost, we often still will do what’s convenient. Has it always been this way or is this only been true in recent times now when there are so many choices?
Bring our own bag to the grocery store or let the store give us one? Bring our own coffee mug or take a Styrofoam cup from the coffee shop? Cloth diapers or disposable? Make supper at home or buy takeout on the way home? We are so used to doing what’s convenient that often it feels like common sense. It certainly is common, but does it make sense?
For the next few weeks, we would like to explore some of the issues around waste; how we get it, what we do with it, what our community and our country does with it and how we can minimize it. We will explore some options and hopefully bring a new awareness to the problem of waste.
The good news is, once we realize what’s happening, we don’t need any new technology or invention to solve this. What we need is a new awareness and a new mindset. That truly is convenient because our mindset we carry with us everywhere we go. It is lightweight and easy to take with us.
Green Team Movie Recommendation
This week we are thinking a lot about food waste. Globally 1/3 of the food we produce is wasted. Here in Canada much of the waste happens in our homes so the answer is to change the way we shop, cook and store food.
Just Eat It is a documentary about a BC couple who decided that for 6 months they would only eat food that was destined to be discarded and then filming that journey. The movie tells the story of food waste from farm to fork. This film will surprise and entertain you and might make you commit to wasting less.
You can see Just Eat It on the Knowledge channel It’s free!
Just Eat It |Knowledge.ca https://www.knowledge.ca/program/just-eat-it
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