If you’ve been reading Brigada Today for any length of time, you know we’re all about getting people to heaven. That’s our priority. But sometimes, we can’t help but notice what’s going on around us, here in the garden God has made for us, so to speak. Recently, this hit home for us when we saw the item…
How can any one creature destroy so much? We know it can be argued that a deer destroys young saplings. But this? This is out of control. It’s not that we take this “good earth” deal to some kind of obsessive-compulsive level. But at the same time, this is extreme. What if each one of us just made the tiniest little difference? What could one of us do?
a) Shop online — Believe it or not, shopping virtually (online) would actually reduce carbon emissions (while arguably giving you a greater selection at the same time). And you won’t spend time idling your car in parking lot lines — so less carbon emissions!
b) Avoid throwing away good food — Take home your leftovers at a restaurant (or better yet, cook exactly what you plan to eat in an efficient way at home — and save the carbon emissions too). Some have argued that we’re throwing away as much as 40% of the food we choose. Ouch. That’s a lot of waste that ends up in landfills, thereby turning into methane. What’s more, we’re thereby wasted the resources it takes to MAKE the food.
c) Skip the plastic — Whenever its possible, skip the plastic forks and knives with the fast food you buy, especially if you’re taking it home anyway. (Do you have forks and knives at home?) Europe is now considering legislation to ban single-use straws. Bravo to them.
These tiny choices won’t in and of themselves save the planet. But they are a START to help us get our minds around taking care of God’s world. If you’d like to learn more about how to do that, check out books like Ed Brown’s book, Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation. Find it on Amazon here…
Save the planet — and show God you love His work. By doing so, it’s kind of cool form of worship. : )