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Practical ideas to combat climate change

Below are some ideas Providence Community members suggested that we could do to combat climate change. Maybe you could join us!

  • Do more carpooling and use public transportation when available.
  • Choose to eat lower on the food chain.
  • Collect and use rainwater to water plants in a garden.
  • Engage in an intentional fasting practice for a just cause.
  • Use reusable bags for vegetables and fruits when shopping.
  • Use cloth shopping bags for all groceries.
  • Get rid of clutter.
  • Share what I have with others.
  • Don’t buy “stuff”/ reduce impulse buying.
  • Keep shower time to five minutes.
  • Refrain from use of bottled water.
  • Limit receiving catalogs and magazines.
  • Unplug what is not in use.
  • Turn off lights when not needed.
  • Make choices based on environment rather than on convenience.
  • Wash laundry in cold water.
  • Choose to drive cars that are as ecologically friendly as possible.
  • Go out into nature and appreciate it as God’s gift.
  • Buy locally/sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Grow your own (w/soil carbon capture!) vegetables.
  • Invest in energy-efficient appliances.
  • Advocate for local recycling, environmentally friendly trash disposal and composting.

Originally published in the winter 2023 issue of HOPE

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Judy Barad on January 26, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    The recommendation about eating lower on the food chain as a way to combat climate change should be made much stronger. Why not simply recommend that people become vegetarian? There are plenty of cookbooks and food options for people who choose to change their unhealthy and environmentally unsound habit of eating other animals. Certainly, it’s not difficult to become at least a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Most importantly, by becoming a vegetarian people decrease the huge amount of heinous suffering that animals endure on factory farms. If someone insists on satisfying a craving for animal flesh, they should at least research how animals are treated on factory farms. Finally, ask yourself if it’s worth taking someone’s entire life for you to have a few minutes of gustatory pleasure.

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