This Lent, churches, schools and communities are being encouraged to think about what we can do to live more sustainably and respond to the environmental crisis that is wrecking our beautiful world. Think about what we can change in our daily lives to show love for each other and the whole of creation by committing to one or two of the suggestions on the Eco Pledge, which can be downloaded here.
During Lent there will be a daily eco suggestion, that’s 46 ideas of how you can help God’s earth, so why not think ‘What can I take up doing, instead of giving something up for Lent?’ As it is written Tao Te Ching's lessons in self-awareness "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." So let’s all try and take a step in the right direction.
1. Re-use old jam jars for storage.
2. Try to turn the thermostat down on the central heating a couple of degrees.
3. Don't throw clothes away, give to a charity shop or if not suitable, why not up cycle them into something else.
4. Switch of lights if you aren't in a room.
5. When using a local restaurant or takeaway ask them to consider using alternative containers if they use plastic ones.
6. Reuse the packaging you receive your parcels in.
7. Unplug electrical appliances at night instead of leaving them on standby needlessly as this uses up energy.
8. Growing your own veg isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly.
9. Request online bills instead of paper bills.
10. Install a water butt to collect rainwater for watering the garden.
11. Use cloth serviettes instead of paper napkins.