Green Sanctuary News

It is again that time of the year to give gifts, to travel, and to celebrate the season with others. Don’t forget to also appreciate and give gifts to Mother Earth this season and to think a little about how our behavior affects others living today (and in the future). This could be as simple and direct as putting out birdseed, avoiding disposable dishes at dinners this season, switching to 100% renewable energy for your electricity supplier (https://www.energizect.com/compare-energy-suppliers), reducing your meat consumption (https://www.uuministryforearth.org/ethical-eating-and-food-justice ), or supporting various environmental and social justice organizations (https://www.uuministryforearth.org/ ).

Travel and gift giving are more complicated. How and how much you travel will affect your climate impact and what future generations will have left for them. Some useful suggestions on travel are given at https://sierraclub.org/sierra/whats-better-for-environment-driving-or-flying and https://sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-2-march-april/green-life/hey-mr-green-whats-best-way-offset-my-air-travel-miles.

Don’t forget to recycle your gift packaging. You can recycle all of it, except Styrofoam, which you can save and reuse. Even the plastic wrapping can be recycled, but not in your recycle bin. Take it to a grocery store that provides bins for recycling plastic wrap and bags.Gifts are an essential part of the holiday season, but gifts don’t have to be things; they can be experiences. If they are things, they don’t have to be bought, so think outside the box on this one: http://abillionpeople.org/buynothingday.html and https://www.pinterest.com/storyofstuff/un-stuff-your-holiday/ . Save some money for “Giving Tuesday,” which comes after “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”( https://www.givingtuesday.org/about ).

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Changes Name and Meeting Place.

The Manchester chapter of CCL is now The Greater Hartford Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The name change reflects the growth of our Manchester CCL chapter and desire to include more people from the whole capitol region. We are now meeting at Goodwin College on Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. GPS set to 195 Riverside Drive—the first smaller building on the right—Room 201. We will continue to meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Farmers Market opens in Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will be open for business every Wednesday evening from June 21 through October 4 from 5 to 8 PM. Local produce from local farmers. Check out our Vegan Recipes: http://uuse.org/sustainable-living/vegan-recipes and enjoy those veggies while doing your part for Mother Earth. Remember you can still get a CSA Membership and a steady supply of local, organic produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A few farms in the state offer CSA memberships and these tend to sell out, so find which ones are near you at http://ctnofa.org/CSAs.htm

Got a Green Thumb? Even without one you can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You may find people already there to work with you.

A Good Read is New York Times best seller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and Carl Pope, Sierra Club former executive director . https://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/overheated/

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact Kat Dargan at katdargan@gmail.com. A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50. More information about Equal Exchange Products, click here.