March: Healthy Air

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

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March's Action item is HEALTHY AIR

Protecting our air is an important issue. Risks from climate change caused by air pollution with carbon dioxide pose a risk for all of creation. On April 14, 2020, ELCA's Bishop Eaton reiterated the following social statement, "Humans, in service to God, have special roles on behalf of the whole of creation. Made in the image of God, we are called to care for the earth as God cares for the earth. God's command to have dominion and subdue the earth is not a license to dominate and exploit. … [It] should reflect God's way of ruling as a shepherd king who takes the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7), wearing a crown of thorns (Caring for Creation, pp. 2-3).”

 

This month we focus on actions that will make the air we breathe healthier for us and the planet.

Resources:


ELCA Social Statement: Caring for Creation 

U. S. EPA. (June 22, 2015). Climate Action Benefits: Air Quality. 

 

U.S. EPA. The Plain English Guide to The Clean Air Act.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Clean Air Act.

American Lung Association. Healthy Air Activist Toolkit.

 

ELCA Social Statement: Clean Air for All of God's Children. 

Consumernotice.org. A Consumer's Guide to Reducing Pollution

 

Video: Shugarman, Harriet. (2017, April 6). Climate Listening Videos: The Story We Want for Moms.

 

Book: Jurovics, S.A. (2016). Hospitable Planet, Faith, Action, and Climate Change, New York: Morehouse Publishing.

Restoring God's Earth is used with permission from Zero Waste Church, www.zerowastechurch.org. Some content has been modified by Crown of Glory. 

Tips 

Week 1

  • Drive less, carpool, ride a bike, or use public transportation. 

  • Use EPA Safer Choice Cleaning Products
    www.epa.gov/saferchoice.

     

Week 2

  • Wash clothes in cold water.

  • Run multiple errands together to reduce vehicle usage and emissions.

Week 3

  • Get your car tuned up and check tire pressure to improve engine performance.

  • Use rechargeable batteries where possible.

Week 4

  • Read and learn more about the Clean Air Act. 

  • Contact your Representatives and Senators expressing your support for programs that support clean air.
     

In Warm Weather

  • Plant a tree.

  • Air dry clothes.

  • Keep air conditioner set no lower than 78 degrees.

  • Avoid gas-powered lawn equipment.

  • Keep boat and other gas-powered equipment tuned up.