7 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Climate

2014 was a great year for the climate with people of all faiths answering the call to climate action. With 2015 just around the corner, it's imperative that we keep this momentum going by resolving to make bigger and more impactful changes in the year to come. That's why Blessed Tomorrow is challenging you to make an eco-friendly resolution for the new year. 

Green Wizard's article, 7 New Year's Resolutions for the Planet, gives some insightful tips on how to continue making a difference for our climate and ultimately, for those around us. Applying these simple practices to your behavior will have a drastic impact on God's creation, but don't stop there.

From the Ancient Babylonians to the Roman Empire, New Year's resolutions have been considered a promise of self-improvement made to God; and an eco-freindly resolution is no different. Climate change is a moral crisis that requires everyone to look deep inside themselves to make a fundamental change in the way we prioritize and value the creation God has given us. By making an internal shift in the way we think, our external actions will inevitably follow.

Most importantly, be vocal about your resolution. Inspire others by telling your fellow congregational members about your goal. Go from being a 'climate actor' to a 'climate leader' in 2015! 

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet 

By Kayla Matthews for Green Wizard 

When the final piece of confetti falls on Jan. 1, 2015, people around the world will begin putting their New Year’s resolutions into action.

While many resolutions have to do with self-improvement – weight loss, professional gains, and personal relationships – the New Year is also a great time to do something for the world around us.

There are plenty of ways that we can make the world a greener place in the coming year. Below are seven ideas that, if followed by society, would have a big impact on the Earth’s health and longevity. What better way to start 2015?

Be Mindful of Meat

Protein lovers may grumble when they read the word meatless, but, if everyone went vegetarian one day a week, the world would see huge environmental benefits. That’s because it takes an incredible amount of resources to raise, slaughter, butcher and distribute meat. For example, it takes 1,850 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef; alternatively, it takes only 39 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables. Livestock production also emits a high amount of the top three greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

By simply replacing three meals with meat-free alternatives, we could clearly take a load of pressure off of the Earth. As an added bonus, we might eventually cut down on livestock production overall, which means that the grain they’d typically eat can go to hungry communities at home and at large. Many people are already practicing meatless Mondays – and many eat an entirely meatless diet, too – but the more, the merrier.

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