Climate Care

From Marches Christian Environmental Network

Nine ways to live gently

Green Christian have a really helpful leaflet called ‘Nine ways to live gently’. It’s an excellent way of sharing a range of positive tips on how to reduce our contribution to climate change. Here is a summary of these lifestyle tips. How many are you following?

1. Stand up for the planet:

Get to know your MP, write letters, sign an online petition, go on a protest.

2. Get connected:

Seek out like-minded people in your local area or online, to encourage one another.

3. Practise gratitude and generosity:

Simplify your life; be liberated by needing less.

4. Be creative:

Re-invent second hand goods from charity shops, improvise, make things, swap clothes!

5. Reconnect with the natural world:

Dig the earth, grow herbs on your window sill, save and cherish water, take an interest in wildflowers, bees, butterflies, fish, birds and rocks, include the Earth in all Church liturgies, plant trees for special occasions such as baptisms or weddings.

6. Use your LOAF!

Use Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly and Fairly traded British fruit and veg in season. Support local shops and grow some of your own food. Eat less meat and dairy foods.

7. Travel light:

Walk, cycle, take the bus, tram or train, if possible, and use local shops, notice the beauty on your doorstep, organise lift shares. If you must fly, offset.

8. Explore this island:

Get in touch with the seasons, seek out local adventures, enjoy the journey and limit your driving.

9. Go fossil free and reduce use:

Change your electricity provider or campaign for your university, council or church to disinvest, insulate your home, wear an extra layer, turn the thermostat down, if buying new appliances go for AAA rated, if possible generate your own electricity.

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