From New Zealand's policy unit:
"We’re starting to see the consequences of our exploitation of the earth. There is no denying the impact of our destruction and we have enough information to realise that we need to respond.
Wendell Berry - theological fuel for our attempts at creation care: 'The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.' 'We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?'
Things you can do to make a difference:
Fan ovens reduce the amount of time needed to cook and also use less power
Electric pressure cookers, pans or woks use less power
Collect rain water or re-use water from sinks, washing machines and baths to water the garden
Barbequing is a great way to save power
Use plastic packaging from items already bought, newspaper or just the bin instead of plastic bin liners
Turn the shower off when shampooing your hair, shaving or soaping
Stainless steel reusable water bottles help eliminate the use of plastic bottles
Make your own cleaning products
Support local organic farmers
Use a cup of water to brush your teeth. It reduces the amount of water used by running the tap
Composting provides essential nutrients for your plants, it will also cut down the amount of your rubbish being sent out each week
Use insulated curtains
Turn off the power by the power point
Buy green, organic or natural products next time you shop
Buy energy efficient appliances such as a front loader washing machine – they use less water
Use rechargeable batteries
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buy recycled materials
Grow a garden and share the produce with neighbours
Change your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs
Buy a green bag at the grocery store - and use it!
House insulation reduces the need for heating
Thaw food instead of using the microwave
If and when you can, travel on public transport or walk to work
As demanding as these changes are to our everyday lifestyle, it is something that we all need to do if we are to reduce the damage caused by our lack of care and protection of
earth. We owe it to ourselves, to other species sharing the earth, our neighbours and to the future generations yet to come."
Thanks NZ Social Policy Unit. See more at http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/uploads/Sustainable-Living-Archive-April19-2010.pdf
Now, for those people who don't believe climate change has anything to do with human interference in the earth, know that in doing most of these things, you will save money! Motive enough! And remember, if you do these things and you were right, you have not really lost anything, but if you don't do anything, and you are wrong, you have just hindered every generation to come...
More tomorrow. And don't forget to tune into http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/sstv/ to hear more on the as a social justice issue on Monday at 6.30EST