This month’s Notes for Earth is the first of our occasional testimonials about improving our recognition of the Seventh UU Principle. Thanks to Cindie Cobb for stepping up first.
John Hilke for WUUC’s Advocates for Social Justice Climate Justice Ministry, Wendy Condrat, Chair.
I would like to share with you this month some of the steps I have taken so far to live in a more
When we built our house in 1990, we didn’t have access to
Most of the changes I made over the years were much smaller and cheaper than these bigger projects. Last year I removed the hot tub, saving an additional 35% on my already reduced electricity usage. When I need to drive somewhere I always combine appointments with errands and grocery shopping to reduce my gas usage. I planted lots and lots of trees from the Snohomish Conservation District’s yearly plant sales on my property to reduce my carbon footprint. I replaced light bulbs with energy conserving ones and put in timers to reduce electric use. I started with 2 vegetable beds and eventually put in a 12-bed vegetable garden and fruit trees to grow my own organic produce, which reduces food waste and food transportation energy use. I put in three simple compost bins to compost my kitchen and yard waste instead of letting this material go to landfills where it would create methane gas. I used something called a
None of us can do everything but we can all do something.