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green team initiative

"Use it up,

Wear it Out,

Make it Do, or

Do Without."

This saying started with WWI when the economy slowed down because so many men were at war, and all available resources were being funnelled into the war effort.  1917

The men came home the economy picked up. Then came the Great Depression. This saying was even more relevant when 25% or more of the population was out of work.  1929

With the advent of WWII, it was time, again, to Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without.  1939

We are now in a Climate Change War.  The men aren’t going away and in so many ways the economy is collaborating with the enemy.  But the water is (literally) rising and the storms are on the horizon.

As more and more people are vaccinated, we look forward to our lives returning to normal.  However, Climate Change continues, and the fight against it has taken a back seat to the pandemic.  We are looking forward to being able to go out more. The thought of going shopping for non-essentials is appealing! Perhaps now is the time to bring up the old saying again.

Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without.

As suggested in the Diocesan Fasts for the Earth, when you buy something, ask yourself if it is going to end up in the landfill after one use.

When you are purchasing something, try to buy Ontario products. Use local services and skills to repair your favourite shoes, clothes, appliances, etc. rather than throwing them away. Eliminate as much travel time as possible. Saving gas not only reduces your costs but also cuts down on CO2 emissions.

This goes doubly when purchasing produce.  

Interesting fact: not only do avocados have to come thousands of miles, but EACH avocado also takes about 70L of water to produce.  If they come from the driest region of Chile it’s closer to 300L of water per avocado (not a tree).  That’s drinking water, not rising seawater.

We need to start thinking of making things last.  Reduce, reuse and repair, should all come before recycle or (no. no. no.) trashing the items.

It can be done.  Resist the temptation to buy what you don't really need.   

We are fighting to save the planet now and the biggest collaborator with the enemy is us.

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