Outlook Issue 18 Winter 2014
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Waste not …
Waste not … The title of a course several of us studied earlier this year was Love for the future. We watched a thought- provoking DVD which encouraged us to be more aware of the environmental threats to our world, and to seriously consider ways in which we could take practical steps to reduce the wastage of our planet's precious resources. The Church is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK, with roots in every community, and if we set our minds to living in a greener, more sustainable way, we could really make a difference. Each of us can fairly easily make changes to the way we use the Earth's resources – the actions we could take to reduce our domestic carbon footprint are fairly familiar by now – good insulation, an extra sweater so the heating can be turned down a degree or two, boiling only the amount of water we need for our cup of coffee, putting a brick or Hippo in the cistern, replacing lamps with LEDs, changing to green electricity, collecting rainwater, using public transport, reusing or recycling everything we can – the list is endless and the accumulated gains of even small actions by individuals are significant, and weʼll save money too! Woodbridge has become a really popular destination for food connoisseurs in recent years – by shopping in Woodbridge and buying seasonal food from local producers and suppliers we reduce the food miles travelled and bring down fuel needed for road/air transport. The townʼs shops have great ranges of food and we also have the Farmersʼ Market twice a month and Whatʼs Tasty Market in May and September. Another benefit from staying local is that there is also less chance of being lured into buying things we didnʼt mean to buy from over-stocked supermarket shelves … When is enough enough? Could we move away from short-termism and consume less ‘stuff’? ‘Make do’ rather than ‘renew’? Worryingly, for everyone in the world to enjoy a UK lifestyle, we would need three planets to sustain it. Ecological protection and sustainable practice are collective responsibilities in which we all play a role, not only as individuals, but as communities and as governments. Rita James