make our environment fantastic

Global Ministries Earthkeeper Project
Oct 2019 – April 2020

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 #PlasticFreeLentPlastic-Free Lent Calendar 2022 (clickable links). (And here’s a bonus 2022 Lenten Calendar from MD Creation Care!)

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.

Click here to view our weekly tips to assist in reducing plastic use.

Mini-Challenges and Workshops

Mini Challenge – Avoid plastic or extra packaging on Amazon orders.
More here on actions you can take to have minimal Amazon packaging.
We held a T-shirt reusable bag workshop – turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag. Instructions for both sew and no-sew versions are HERE. Details about the workshop and the mini-challenge to collect t-shirts and cardboard inserts: www.eumclaurel.org/t-shirt-bags.

Plastic-Free Lent Calendar 2022

Share these resources and your plastic-free journey with family, friends and us (eumcgreenteam@gmail.com) or on social media #PlasticFreeEUMC. We will continue to post information to help you stay vigilant as the plastic crisis is expected to worsen and exacerbate the climate crisis.

73% of all beach litter is plastic.The litter includes filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers, according to National Geographic.

Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year. Additionally, more than 90% of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomach.

A billion toothbrushes will be thrown away in the U.S. this year, most of them plastic. If you laid out the toothbrushes thrown away in the U.S. in a year, they would wrap around the Earth four times!

The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year. That works out to about 100 bits of microplastic over the course of just one meal, according to a study published in Environmental Pollution.

Plastic production is projected to triple by 2050. More than $180 billion has been allocated over the next 10 years to build 263 new cracker facilities along the Gulf Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region—both vulnerable to the extreme weather patterns connected to global warming. (5gyres.org)

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