“Mother Earth is not a resource, she is an heirloom.”—David Ipina, Yurok
“The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the problem of poverty.”
“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”—Papal encyclical, Vatican City, May 24, 2015
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. If you only do one thing. Do this.
- Turn off the lights.
- Turn off the TV.
- Turn off the faucet. Make it a habit. Water is a precious resource. Treat it that way.
- Don’t waste food. Have leftover night one day a week. Make it a buffet. Use what you have.
- Buy energy star rated light bulbs. You can find them just about everywhere and by using them you save money as well as saving energy. You can learn all about them here: http://www.energystar.gov/products/lighting_fans/light_bulbs
- Make a commitment to not buy plastic bottled anything. Use a reusable container. This one small thing makes a huge impact.
- Stay away from Styrofoam. It takes 1 million years to decompose. No joke.
- Buying local foods really does help. If it takes 12,000 miles to get your oranges to you (nghumanfootprint.com) is it really worth it? Try shopping your local farmers market for year round foods.
- Eating meatless even once a week will reduce your carbon footprint on our earth. You can find lots of great meatless meals on our Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/catholiccharnh/
- Volunteer to clean up trash on the beach, or simply walk down your road with a trash bag and pick up litter. Do it with your children. Teach them that we must take care of our earth.
- Cities have special disposal days for paints, chemicals and oils. Take care to call your town clerk and post it on your calendar. Then act on it!
- Take a bus, or carpool. One less car on the road makes an impact.
- Longer term, bigger impact: Create an energy efficient home. You will reduce the use of fossil fuels thus reducing your carbon footprint.
- Believe you can make a difference. It’s up to you!
- Banana Peel: 3-4 weeks
- Paper Bag: 1 month
- Cardboard: 2 months
- Wool Sock: 1 year
- Tinned Steel Can: 50 years
- Aluminum Can: 200-500 years (But if recycled, it can be reused within 6 weeks!)
- Disposable Diapers: 550 years
- Plastic Bags : 20-1,000 years
- Plastic Jug: 1 million years
- Glass: 1-2 million years
- Styrofoam: 1+ million years