January 2022 Green Team News
Environmental Rights are Human Rights!
ERUCC has signed on as a supporter for the Campaign for Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment (MEHRA). If passed, the amendment would give each person an inalienable right to clean air, water and land and make the state of Maryland the public trustee of these natural resources. It is a moral imperative to protect the basic human dignity of having a healthful environment. Environmental pollution and degradation is disproportionately concentrated in communities of color and low income neighborhoods, which results in health disparities and increased rates of chronic heart and lung disorders, cancer and now covid19. A constitutional right would empower Marylanders, state and local governments to protect and defend this right. A constitutional right would be the foundation for improved laws and regulations, and act as a true guardrail to prevent the most egregious forms of harmful actions now and for future generations, providing environmental justice in our state.
https://mdehr.org/actions/ To sign an individual pledge of support for the MEHRA go to https://bit.ly/3ezaDq9
Let’s Talk About It! Sunday January 24 ~ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM https://bit.ly/3pyQ1EO Meeting ID: 834 9094 7305 Passcode: 353477
Join us for a discussion about the Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment • Why do we need it? • How does it relate to environmental issues in Frederick? • What’s the process for passing an amendment? • How can I help?
Statement of Support for the Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment
The Green Team proposes that ERUCC support the Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment.
The members of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ voted to become a Creation Justice Church. In our covenant, we committed to advocating for environmental justice so that those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves can reap the rewards of such efforts. We are now in a position to act on that promise.
In September, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin spoke to us during Let’s Talk about the proposed Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment. Below are the main reasons why the right to a healthful environment needs to be protected in our state constitution.
- It is a moral imperative to protect the basic human dignity of having a healthful environment
- The health of the people of Maryland is negatively impacted by environmental pollution and degradation. The health disparities are more egregious in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods where environmental pollution and degradation is concentrated.
- An Environmental Human Rights amendment would empower all Marylanders, local governments, and the state to protect and defend this fundamental right.
- A constitutional right would be the foundation for improved laws and regulations, and act as a true guardrail to prevent the most egregious forms of harmful actions now and for future generations, providing environmental justice in our state.
- A constitutional right, as opposed to a regular law, would ensure that environmental protection is considered among the highest obligations of the government, pursued as “a matter of the highest public priority,” (per MEPA) and not merely “good public policy”.
Supporting this amendment is a tangible example of how we can advocate for environmental justice so that those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves can reap the rewards of such efforts.
The Consistory will vote on this statement at the end of November. Your thoughts and feelings about it would be appreciated. You can talk to any member of the Green Team, to Peter Brehm or any member of consistory or Pastor Daniel.
Why is ERUCC composting?
- Composting keeps food waste out of the landfill. This reduces the carbon emissions from the trucks that haul our waste to Chambersburg PA and it reduces the tipping fee that the county pays.
- Food waste in landfills produce gases that are comprised primarily of methane and carbon dioxide, both of which cause global warming.
- Composting is a sustainable way to turn food waste into a healthy life-giving soil.
What can we compost at ERUCC?
- ERUCC has contracted with Key City Compost which is a commercial composting company so we are able to compost much more than you can in a home compost pile.
- ALL food waste including dairy, meat and cooked food can go in the compost bin.
- ALL paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates, food soiled paper and pizza boxes can go in the compost bin.
- BPI compostable cups, bowls and plates. If we use a compostable product during fellowship hour, it will be of compostable quality.
How can you help?
- Follow the signs on the bins for disposing of waste at the end of fellowship.
- Dump liquids into the liquid bucket.
- Food waste and napkins go in the compost bin.
- Items such as clean paper and plastic or glass bottles, jars or tub go in the recycling bin. Check the list for items that can’t be recycled. HINT- Clamshells, plastic trays and plastic wrap are not recyclable.
- Snack bag wrappers go in a separate bin. They can be recycled at Common Market but not in the blue bin.
- Dishes go in the tub to be washed.
- Anything that is left goes in the trash bin. This includes Starbucks cups!
You will be AMAZED at how much we can reduce our landfill footprint! Thanks for helping!