Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
The first winter I was out of college, living in an apartment on my own, I did what I thought was the environmentally responsible thing, and ran out to buy an artificial Christmas tree. I convinced my parents to do the same thing. “How can we cut down all these trees?” was my main argument. However, over the years since then, I have heard another side of the debate, which has many more facts attached to it than my gut-reaction to Christmas trees. This morning, NPR had an interesting story about environmental issues attached to Christmas trees. You can listen to the story here. via presbyterian.typepad.com I'm still debating whether to get a Christmas tree or not. I just put up a string of lights in our dining room, so that just maybe clinch it. No tree. For several years, my boss would give me one of those miniature cedars wrapped in shiny red foil. They always died. But one finally survived, so I planted it in our yard and it grew like a weed on manure. Three years later, I chopped it down for the tallest tree we've ever had. (they are so darn expensive!) But, this year, unless my teenagers rebel (you know, they just don't make teenagers as rebellious as they used to...), no tree for us. What's the Christmas tree all about anyway?! Here are some reflections from Katie Holmes on the Christmas tree conundrum. Enjoy.
Climate change is a serious issue and one that threatens our survival and all species on the planet. The solutions that are needed are urgent and must be initiated at the local level, then institutionalized in our institutions. But who said it can't be fun solving the problems that face us; combining creativity with human evolution should be a fun path to travel on. Enjoy the voices of change.
Traveling through Cancun has been a profound and empowering experience. It was ironic, as I spent more time in Cancun, the reality of the United States became clearer. Here in the states we’re told that consumption and growth are the keys to progress. In the Global South they are told that you must work for a corporation’s workshop, and your land is no longer yours but a tool for exploitation. The chasm between reckless consumption and consumerism, and social and environmental degradation is vast and creates the actual reality in which we all live: the climate is warming at an alarming rate, world food supplies are dwindling, and the natural world is being eroded beyond the possibility of being healed.
One of the Highlights from the trip. Please pay attention to the fire halfway through the clip.
In Cancún, Mexico, governments have yet another opportunity to commit to a global action plan to save the planet. Will they? Update below gives some indication, but only time will tell. And while we wait for Blain's next post, the...