For the Season of Advent, we at St. John's decided to align ourselves with the presiding bishop's goals and vision for Care of Creation.
Many of you made a commitment with us (the staff and clergy) by choosing one of these five goals: Go Vegan or Meatless Mondays, Eliminate Single Use Plastics, Buy Second-Hand Clothing, Watch Three Films or Create a "Sustainability Kit."
To keep the Creation Care momentum going, (we like to continue this initiative through Earth Day and longer!) we've gathered all your ideas from the "Idea Tree" and will chose one to adopt each month. In January, our focus is to continue our efforts of composting with Haderlie Farms!
Additionally, we had the opportunity to chat with Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) staff members who are involved in the environmental movement. While we focused on the mitigation side (i.e. use less, change habits) over Advent, they are on the response side - directly seeing and reacting to the environmental effects across the world. They work with communities that feel the effects of the environment the most - from communities facing depleting water sources, farming challenges in "increasing climatic extremes and variability" and disaster relief. These are the type of stories that make us realize how impactful our day-to-day decisions are. Through Earth Day, we are going to share one story a month from ERD that highlights how communities are facing these challenges.
This January read how farmers in Nicaragua are learning to build climate resiliency here: Expanding a Culture of Resilience