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“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession,

you must provide for the redemption of the land.” Leviticus 25:23-24 

 

Upcoming Earthkeeper Events:

Please contact Jen VerHelst a nifer81@icloud.com if interested in any of these events.

 

  • Sunday, June 26 / 2:30 pm:  Bike Ride at Kal Haven Trail. Please email your participation to Jen VerHelst at nifer81@icloud.com

 

 

  • Sunday, July 24 / 2:30 pm:  Kayak Paddle at Pigeon River in West Olive.  You will need to bring your own kayak or paddle board.

 

  • Sunday, August 21 / 2:30 pm:  Nature Hike at Huyser Farm Park near the corner of 64th Street and 142nd Avenue in Laketown Township.

Sustainability Second:

Small gestures that pave the way for big steps in creation care.

1. Even if you’re not looking to go vegetarian, try having a meat-free dinner at least once a week. Consuming less meat is healthier, helps to reduce carbon emissions and gives you a chance to be creative with your cooking!

2. Sign up for paperless billing. It’s easy to do by simply contacting the company. It may even save you money in addition to helping reduce paper consumption and deforestation.

3. Always have a reusable shopping bag or two (or three) available in your car when doing grocery shopping. Initially you may need to be very deliberate about remembering to take them inside with you but it will soon become second nature!

4. Stick to a 5-10 minute shower to save both water and money!

5. Appliances can still use electricity when left on standby so be sure to switch off and unplug as much as possible each night. Using a multi-plug surge protector is a convenient way to do this.

 

6. Create a “zero food waste” policy to make sure you don’t throw out food that could have been eaten. Freeze leftovers in small portions that can be pulled out as needed, make smoothies using older bananas or softer berries, and think of creative ways to use up leftover foods in dishes such as omelets or soups.

7. Remember - REDUCE REUSE Recycle - in that order. Set yourself a challenge that you’ll buy only second-hand clothes for a month. Scour local thrift shops or vintage clothes apps or do clothing swaps with friends. Or challenge yourself to buy nothing new for 3 months and wear instead, those items hiding in the back of your closet.

 

8. Research the companies you buy from and invest with so you can support those with clear environmental policies in place.

9. Invest in a water filter for your kitchen sink faucet and say good-bye to plastic water bottles thereby reducing your plastic waste.

 

10. Support your local Farmers Market, by buying local produce and other food items. Shopping close to where you live saves on car and road “wear and tear” as well as lessening the need for gas - for both you and the semi- trucks that deliver food to grocery stores.

11. Adhere to the “30 Minute” rule - if your destination is less than a 30 minute walk away, and it’s safe to do so, walk or ride your bike instead.

12. Instead of using your dryer for your laundry, opt to line dry outside or use a clothes rack inside instead.

Please note:  EARTHKEEPERS IS ONLY RECYCLING RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. 

Common household alkaline batteries - AA / AAA / C / D / 9V / etc. -  are considered nonhazardous and

may be tossed out with ordinary trash.  Please do not bring alkaline batteries to the church for recycling.

Links That The Earthkeepers Group Would Like To Share With You:

 

Want an easy way to recycle plastic associated with oral hygiene? Check this out!  https://oralb.com/en-us/recycling/

 

Climate Witness Project | January 2022 | Creation Care Update - The Climate Witness Project (CWP) is an outreach from the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice to address climate change and social equity issues. Read more here:

https://mailchi.mp/crcna/new-cwp-news-jan2022-172326?e=6069698ff0

 

Great information on creation care including a quick survey you can take to gauge your own climate view:

https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/sassy/

 

Katherine Heyhoe is a Christian climate scientist and her latest book is titled Saving Us - A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. Follow the links that directly follow to learn more about her message that as Christians we are not only uniquely called upon to be concerned about caring for all creation but that we also have a responsibility to love, live and act justly on its behalf.

Here are some of the links mentioned throughout the talk.

Interfaith Power & Light (IFPL) is an interdenominational organization of faith-based groups working towards a religious response to global warming.  Find out more at their website:

https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/get-involved/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1f0a2e6c-b433-4ce6-be54-dab42a1ff6a8

 

  • For your garden - Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to offer you organic, heirloom, non-GMO seed kits. Grow a Pizza Garden with everything but the mozzarella! It includes delicious tomatoes, peppers, onions, and herbs for pizza making.  Click HERE to order your Pizza Garden Seed Kit.

Join naturalists and scientists from around the world in the Daily Dose of Nature webinar series offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (WWF).  Join them every weekday for your Daily Dose of Nature. They've enlisted 150 guides from around the globe to inspire you as we get through this ongoing challenge together. They'll share reports from the field, conservation updates, fascinating wildlife insights, nature photography tutorials, and more. Tune in for free DAILY Monday through Friday at 1 PM Mountain Time (12 PM Pacific, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern) to explore the natural world...without leaving home!  For more information on these webinars and/or to sign up for their weekly e-news with webinar registrations included: https://www.nathab.com/traveler-resources/webinars/

Becoming Partners in Earth Healing  - “If we are partners in earth-healing, we need to ask different questions about any place that we own or live on or love. For millennia, humans have mostly asked, “What do we want and need from ‘nature’?” In this age, we need to ask instead, “What healing does this place need, and how can I help?” – Debra Rienstra, Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth 

Read more here: https://reformedjournal.com/stewardship-is-not-good-enough/

 

Amy and the Tortoise - A Fable of Global Warming and the Importance of Trees by John Leben.  Watch this fable here:

https://vimeo.com/557725013

Thanks for everyone who participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Not familiar with this count?  Find more information here: https://www.birdcount.org/participate/

Consumers Energy has crafted a 15-year plan on how they are going to spend your money to deliver energy to your home or place of work. It will affect how they will deal with shut offs and power failures, both of which are even more crucial with increasing floods from rain. The Michigan Public Service Commission provides you with a way to have input on how Consumers Power spends your money over the next 15 years. Send a comment to Public Service Commission here: https://mifuturemipower.good.do/consumers/comment/

West Michigan Environmental Action Council:  https://wmeac.org/   (Check out their blog!)