GET INVOLVED WITH EARTH DAY 2023
Sunday, 23 April, 2023
Have a rubbish Sunday!
Earth Day is on April 22 every year – so could your church mark Earth Day in its Sunday service on April 23, 2023 – and have an offering or raise some funds to twin a bin or two?
Here are some ideas for how your church could mark Earth Day!
- Bake for bins! Hold a Big Bin Bake Sale either before the service starts, or at the end
- Walk for waste! Challenge your church to ditch their cars and swap fuel for footsteps by all walking to church. And put all the money saved on fuel towards as many bin twins as possible!
- Going, going, green! Ask the whole church – or make this a youth challenge – to ask people to pay £1 or £2 to come to church dressed head-to-toe in green clothing from your wardrobe – or your local charity shops. Maybe have a competition to reward the Worst Dressed Person with a prize!
Organise a sponsored litter pick!
Organise a sponsored litter pick for the end of your church service.
Encourage everyone to bring in protective gloves, and hand out litter bags.
Decide whether you’re going to return to church( and arrange for the rubbish to be sorted and collected), or whether you’re going to ask church members to put the rubbish in their bins at home.
Bake for Bins!
Everything we eat has a carbon footprint. CO2 emissions from food make up around one-quarter of all the world’s emissions – as greenhouse gas emissions are produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking, and then wasting, food.
Hold a Big Bin Bake Sale either before the service starts, or at the end.
Going, going, green!
Don’t be green with envy – just be green!
Fast fashion is an environmental disaster. The clothing industry produces 150 billion garments a year and 87% (40 million tons) end up in landfill. The average garment may be worn as few as 10 times, and only 1% of all discarded clothing is actually recycled.
Ask the whole church – or make this a youth challenge – to ask people to pay £1 or £2 to come to church dressed head-to-toe in green clothing from your wardrobe – or your local charity shops. Maybe have a competition to reward the Worst Dressed Person with a prize!
If you want an extra fundraiser, you could ask everyone to bring in clothes they’ve not worn for six months and sell off pre-loved clothing for £1 or £2 each.
Swap fuel for footsteps
Could your congregation be car-free for a day?
Challenge your church to ditch their cars and swap fuel for footsteps by all walking to church. And put all the money saved on fuel towards as many bin twins as possible!
Why Earth Day is so important
Country spotlight: Democratic Republic of Congo
In December 2022, more than 100 people were killed in landslides and floods in DRC’s capital city of Kinshasa. They were the worst floods in years, and evidence of why Kinshasa’s plastic problem is deadly.
With no formal plastic waste collection in Kinshasa, people who live close to the river often throw their waste into it. The plastic stops the river from draining properly. In December 2022, some places saw two metres of flood water, filled with waste, reach up to people’s roofs.
Bin Twinning’s DRC partner runs a hub where waste pickers are paid by the kilo for plastic bags and bottles. This plastic is then sent to a factory where it is melted down and mixed with sand to become eco paving bricks.
‘Thanks to this work, we can send our children to school and they have food to eat. We can afford to go to hospital if we are sick. Some of us have even built houses,’ says François, the manager of a waste collection point.
Before mum-of-four Jeanne got a job in the brick-making factory, she was struggling to earn enough to feed her children once a day. Now, life is still difficult, but she can at least afford three meals a day, and her children go to school. And, she’s proud to have a job that is helping the local environment.
‘Here in Kinshasa, the waste is a big problem because people throw it wherever they want. With this job, we raise awareness about the flooding problems that are caused by plastic blocking the river. And we transform the plastic into useful things. It no longer brings disease but makes life better.’
Click to watch Jeanne tell the story of Bin Twinning’s work in Kinshasa, DRC.Download Fundraising Pack
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Other Church resources
Knowle Parish Church
Knowle Parish Church in the Midlands encouraged many members to twin their bins as part of an ongoing local campaign promoting sustainable living.
St Mary’s Ely
Through personal gifts and church offerings, the congregation of St Mary’s Ely twinned more than 150 bins in a year to help tackle the global waste crisis. They’d already twinned their church toilets too!