Turning concern into action on the issue of plastic

As an Earth Care Congregation, Webster Groves Presbyterian Church members are concerned about the environment and the future of our planet.

On Sunday, April 28, the congregation came together to celebrate the gift of the earth and to understand our role in preserving it, but when members left they took home a pamphlet that can turn concern into a positive step forward on the issue of plastic.

“H2O: How To Overcome the Bottled Water Habit” offers several reasons for avoiding the use of disposable plastic water bottles. Water bottles which are made from oil require energy in their manufacture. Transporting those bottles produces greenhouse gas emissions, and most plastic water bottles are not recycled but end up in landfills, according to the pamphlet.

Substituting tap water from a water system that meets federal and state requirements is a healthy and economical choice as well as one way to help slow down the assault on the Earth and preserve its resources.

To put the problem in perspective, if every person in our church drank from and discarded just one plastic water bottle a week, we would contribute more than 30,000 plastic bottles to the growing plastic problem each year.

Take the Bottled Water Pledge and…

  • Avoid the use of disposable plastic water bottles.
  • Drink from a reusable container.
  • Ask your church or Presbytery to eliminate bottled water from church and presbytery events.
  • Learn more about local and global water concerns.

Those interested can sign the pledge at www.presbyearthcare.org.

Coming up at 9:30 a.m., on Sunday, May 5 in the Fellowship Hall learn what we can do to help protect our local natural watersheds and prevent pollution.

Our guest speaker will be Katherine Golden of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The program “Clean Water and You” is sponsored by EarthWays Center, a division of the Garden in partnership with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.

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