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Sustainable Nutrition

Because of the pandemic, we’re not going out to eat as much, but staying home and cooking. What do we need to know to eat sustainably?

One thing we can do is to stop being as picky about the “beauty” of the vegetables we buy. An artist in London came up with an installation to make a point. He dumped twenty-nine tons of carrots in front of a University of London building. One of the points he was making is that all of those carrots had been rejected by supermarket chains as too “ugly” to sell. Of course they all were nutritionally valuable, just not attractive enough. Now that the farm markets are closing for the season it is harder to find fresh carrots or any other vegetable that is perfectly fine other than size or shape. But there is a company, Misfits Market, that will deliver a  box of organic produce to your door that may not make the cut at the big chains, but will feed your family just fine.

We also might want to reconsider our diets. I know I have been eating more vegetarian m…

A Cry from Indigenous People: Your civilisation is killing life on Earth

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This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth
Nemonte Nenquimo

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it.
Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo shows evidence of crude oil contamination in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.

Dear presidents of the nine Amazonian countries and to all world leaders that share responsibility for the plundering of our rainforest,

My name is Nemonte Nenquimo. I am a Waorani woman, a mother, and a leader of my people. The Amazon rainforest is my home. I am writing you this letter because the fires are raging still. Because the corporations are spilling oil in our rivers. Because the miners are stealing gold (as they have been for 500 years), and leaving behind open pits and toxins. Because the land grabbers are cutting down primary forest so that the cattle can graze, plantations can be grown and the white man can eat. Because our elders are dyin…

Sustainable Clothing Shopping

In my first blog, “Lifestyle Change Resources for Central Ohio,” I listed a few sites where you could buy products to keep your clothes clean sustainably, but since then I’ve explored many more sites where you can purchase sustainably made or lovingly cared for “vintage” clothing.

swap.com is the most popular online thrift and consignment store. Clothing sold on the site is inspected and return shipping is free if it doesn’t fit. There is clothing for women, men, children and babies as well as maternity clothing on the site.

eBay Fashion offers the same variety as swap.com. The menus make it easy to shop by brand.

Of course there are new clothing manufacturers like Patagonia that produce their clothing and outdoor equipment sustainably.

Then there are shoes. Native Shoes boasts that their light, fashionable shoes and boots are completely recyclable. They will take them back when they are worn out and make new shoes out of them. Raum Shoes are slip-ons made of leather that is a bi-produc…

The Season of Creation

The Season of Creation, September 1st through October 4th, is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. October 4th is the The Feast of St. Francis, which is why denominations around the world, including theEpiscopal Church, use the month of September to promote creation care.What about Earth Day? For Christian churches, Earth Day posed a problem. It was frequently the weekend after or even the weekend of Easter. It was difficult to plan and hold another big church event after all the planning and practice that went into Lent, Holy Week and Easter. So because St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, ecumenical organizations developed a plan to celebrate a Season of Creation in the harvest month before his Feast Day.
This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. Dur…

Sustainable Living: Clothing

In some areas of life, it is not too hard to live more sustainably. Reducing use of plastic is pretty easy. Earth-safe cleaning products are plentiful on the shelves of even the big grocery store and discount department store chains. Craigslist, Facebook marketplace and neighborhood groups, eBay and local thrift stores and yard sales make finding decent used household furnishings possible. But clothing? That’s a more difficult challenge.The clothing industry, especially the “Fast Fashion” segment is one of the most polluting and exploitative industries in the world according to the United Nation’s Environment Program. Inexpensive clothing can contain untested chemicals. Most is made from petrochemical fabric that will take centuries to decompose, and in the meantime will shed microplastics every time it is washed. Millions of tons of scarcely worn clothing from the West turns up in landfills and dumps as far away as Africa. Business Insider illustrates the scope of the problem in “How…

It’s Plastic Free July!

It’s“Plastic Free July!”This promotion of a life without plastic was begun in Australia in 1911 and has grown to be an international movement. Why should you go plastic free? It’s partly for doing a bit toward saving the environment from the tons of plastic discarded that takes thousands of years to decompose and is choking our oceans. But it’s also a matter of health. Consumer Reports June 2020 article on “How to Eat Less Plastic” lays out how the chemicals in plastic can leach into the foods wrapped and stored in them. Ingesting these chemicals can have a serious effect on health. Add to this the 74,000 bits of micro plastic that every American breathes in or ingests every year, and we have a major problem.While it may seem very hard to avoid using plastic, there are plenty of resources on how to do it. Start with Katie Well’s Blog. She gives a lot of links to plastic alternative products. I like to shop at second-hand stores for glass jars and containers to store foods. When shoppi…

Earth Overshoot Day

This year, Earth Overshoot Day was just a week ago, August 22. Each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that it takes Earth an entire year to renew. Humanity currently uses 60%morethan what can be renewed – or as much as if we lived on a planet 1.6 times larger. From Earth Overshoot Day until the end of the year, humanity grows the ecological deficit which has been increasing steadily since the world fell in ecological overshoot in the early 1970s. If all of humanity lived like we do in the United States, Earth Overshoot Day would be five months earlier, March 14!Obviously we can’t go on at this pace. We’ve got to let Mother Earth renew all her resources or she will become an unlivable wasteland. This is why it is essential for the nations and peoples of the world to stop climate change. Since we who live in the developed world contribute the most to the problem (the U.S. contributes 27%), we are the ones who most urgently need …