How you can fight the climate crisis.
HOW TO STAY AT HOME AND SAVE THE EARTH
Friday, April 24 is Arbor Day – PLANT TREES FROM HOME! For a small donation, ArborDay.org and 8Billiontrees.com will plant 10 trees for you in a part of the world where deforestation is causing the climate to change.
- Drive Less (check!)
- Fly Less (check!)
OK we’re doing that, but there’s so much more that we can take on in this slower, more deliberate time. What a great time to rethink and reinvent our lives!
- Eat Less Meat – by having 3 fewer meals a week with meat in them
- Use Less Energy – by putting in LED light bulbs, drying your laundry on a line, taking shorter showers, setting your water heater temperature to 120 deg., making sure you have a full dishwasher load and turning off the sterilize and dry functions, setting back your thermostat
- Consume Less – by taking stock of what you really need, giving away what you don’t, and avoiding single use plastics and non-organic cotton fabrics
GET MORE SUSTAINABLE
- Let the Sun Shine In – your south facing windows are natural solar heat collectors
- Let the Fresh Air In – avoid using air conditioning by letting nature do the job
- Start a Garden – grow your own veggies, and while you’re at it, utilize your food waste by Composting to create natural fertilizer
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN
- Rep. Fred Upton is working from home at his kitchen table, just like most of us. He may welcome the opportunity to think about something other than COVID-19, so let’s try to get him to consider bi-partisan action on the climate crisis. https://upton.house.gov/contact/
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
- The Town Hall Meetings sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee to discuss the Board recommendation for People’s Church to join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition will be held closer to the postponed, in-person annual meeting when a congregational vote will take place.
- Climate Forum – Dan Bair’s presentation on Regenerative Neighborhoods will be rescheduled for a later date.
- The Earth Day festivities are still awaiting an appropriate time for a community celebration. https://naturecenter.org/Kalamazoo-Earth-Day
- Fridays for Future – Greta Thunberg has discontinued her international climate strikes during the coronavirus crisis, but is substituting video webinars called Talks for Future. You can access them for free on YouTube by searching Fridays for Future.
BUY LOCAL, RISK-FREE
- Peoples Food Co-Op is now taking orders for pickup or delivery at their new web site: shop.pfckalamazoo.coop. You can select from over 3500 products.
- Other local retail stores may be able to provide their goods for pick-up – try calling around for what you need. Remember to sanitize what others have handled.
- If you need to order from an online company, try to specify the US Postal Service for delivery, since they already have a truck coming by your door every day.
CATCH UP ON YOUR READING
You can still find most books you want in electronic versions, and they can be read on your computer, phone, or tablet using an app, rather than invest in another device.
- “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”, by Bill McKibben.
- “We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast”, by Jonathan Safran Foer.
- “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis”, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.
- “What We Need to Do Now: For a Zero Carbon Future”, by Chris Goodall.
- The UUA Statement of Conscience on Climate Change, adopted at GA in 2006:
- What’s Your Carbon Footprint? – Click the following links to view and read handouts and learn the carbon emission equivalencies of common activities and how to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Click here to find some organizations with local chapters that are taking action right now to fight climate change. Your involvement can mean a lot to climate action effectiveness.
- Write to your elected representatives urging them to take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions