Avoid waste this Christmas

Advent and Christmas is almost upon us. This time of love come down among us, has become a time when so much waste is created. We’re calling on all to reject that waste this year: to attend to the cries of the young who are asking ‘do you love me enough to hear the suffering cry of the earth.

Local Events

For some lower waste, lower carbon and fun Christmas events try ‘Crafts for Christmas’ at All Saints in North Baddesley on 12 and 14 December; plastic free decorations with October Books on November 23, 2019 where most materials are provided; or Brighton’s Zero Waste Christmas Market on December 15, where 30 zero waste suppliers will be helping you choose a magical gift. We like the sound of Plastic free decorations, and a zero waste Christmas market but don’t endorse either.

Small Actions

Tony, or Eco Church representative rightly starts with small things. He points out that almost all wrapping paper is not recyclable, and relatively, uses a lot of carbon for what is. So try wrapping your Christmas presents in brown paper or roll sketching paper and tying with string or ribbon.

 Bigger actions

If you are travelling over Christmas, consider whether you can rearrange your diary to ensure that you are using what transport you need efficiently and think about whether carbon offsetting might help. Last year we looked at the amount of food waste which many households create and though about how to avoid that. It’s a recommendation which holds true from year to year.

A reader from Olav Tevit, WCC president

In the context of the increasing global awareness around climate Change Olav Tevit gave this sermon which connects Jesus’ words to Peter: ‘Do you love me’ to the cries of the earth, and its peoples in the face of climate disasters.

Today I am struck by anew by Jesus’ question, as I have been many times before at critical points in my life, when making decisions about my life and future. Do you love me? The question immediately shifts our attention to the tasks of our lives, whether we are pastors caring for lambs, leaders or actors in community organisations or businesses or government, or something totally different. It is all and always about whether and how we love each other in response to divine love… Do you love me? This is the question our children and youth are asking, demanding a love that shows itself in solidarity with them and their future, all over the world. What we are dealing with is always both very near to us and yet also a global reality. We know that now.

Olav Tevit, then General Secretary, World Council of churches

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