Living Responsibly: Avoid Plastics
“Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá
In 2018 Christine Muller (faculty for the Wilmette Institute’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind courses) is continuing to give us monthly tips aimed at helping us to live more socially and environmentally responsible lives and to treat our physical world with the respect it deserves. We hope that, as we make these tips a part of our habits, we will collectively be mitigating the severity of climate change, reducing human suffering, and keeping the Earth a livable place for the next generations.—THE EDITORS
by Christine Muller
Did you know that by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastic than fish by weight? That is not only an eye sore but the cause of death for many marine animals and birds. In addition, when the plastics disintegrate very slowly, toxic chemicals end up in the water and are absorbed in the tissues of animals and humans. There is much you can do as a responsible world citizen: Avoid plastic bags, and use reusable bags made from recycled plastic or cloth. Instead of buying and throwing away bottled water, bring along a reusable water bottle. At Bahá’í gatherings, avoid disposable dishes and utensils and use old-fashioned washable dishes. For take-out food, bring your own container. At restaurants, say “No straws, please.” Use cloth diapers. Wash and reuse plastic bags that still find their way to your home. Will you be able to reduce your plastic consumption by three-fourth? Imagine how much plastic would disappear if everyone acts like you! Find out more about plastic pollution and what you can do to eliminate the amount of plastic around you.
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TIPS FROM 2018
TIPS FROM 2017
(Choose Reusable Shopping Bags / Insulate Your House / Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings / Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture / Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap / Go Solar / Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry / Ethical and Easy Lawns / Buy Clean Energy / Eat Less Beef / Home Energy Audit / Searching the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)