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Global Ministries Earthkeeper Project by Liz Feighner and Mary Jo Fisher 

Our Project Presentation – Oct 6, 2019

(starts at 24:00 min – double click to advance timeline)

Because of the interconnected climate crisis and plastic pollution crisis, we are organizing a six-month campaign to reduce single-use plastics that will culminate with #PlasticFreeLent.

Plastic and its toxic additives pose serious risks to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle. Harmful climate-warming emissions and toxic chemicals are constantly released during plastic’s entire lifecycle, from the extraction of fracked gas, to its production at petrochemical hubs, to the disposal of plastic waste and resulting pollution of our rivers and oceans. These emissions damage our health and environment — and threaten our future.

Today, the world is drowning in plastic waste.  Plastic bits are in the rain, our soil, our rivers and oceans, our food chain and in us. It is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will have more plastic by weight than fish.

During our campaign, we will have guest speakers, hold workshops, provide tips, offer alternatives and encouragement in an effort to help reduce our plastic use. We will hold mini-challenges encouraging people to demand corporate responsibility and government policy to provide alternatives to plastic. 

We hope you will participate in our #breakfreefromplastic campaign – a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution.

Kick-off Challenge

Many thanks to those who participated in our kick-off challenge for the #breakfreefromplastic campaign by collecting and bringing in a week’s worth of plastic waste. In all, 14 families (28 people) brought in 24.5 lbs. of plastic, filling 3.5 60-gallon trash bags.

We have 2 mini-challenges (below) and will be hosting a movie screening on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Details coming soon

Please visit EUMCLaurel.org/plastictips for our weekly tips.

 Please email us with questions, suggestions or requests for information to help make this campaign a success.

eumcgreenteam@gmail.com


Mini-Challenge #1
 
Food wrappers were the second most common pollutant found in the 2018 beach clean-up.
Save CLEAN & DRY  snack and candy wrappers during the month of November and bring them to church.  Please place in marked collection boxes in the Narthex or Fellowship Hall. They will be recycled by our Green Team!

Mini-Challenge #2

Plastic bags are one of the major contributors to plastic pollution. Almost 2 million plastic bags are used every minute worldwide. The average plastic bag, used for a mere 12 minutes, never goes away; it just breaks down into smaller pieces that eventually enter the food chain – and us.  
On Nov. 18, the Howard County Council will have a hearing on CB64, which would place a 5-cent fee on disposable plastic shopping bags given at checkout. Please ask your Howard County Council member to support CB64. Click HERE for details about emailing your council member and attending the hearing.