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 #PlasticFreeLent – Plastic-Free Lent Calendar 2021 (clickable links). (And here’s a bonus 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.
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.
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.
Share these resources and your plastic-free journey with family, friends and us (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
Please email us with questions, suggestions or requests for information to help make this campaign a success.