Creation Care – Recycling Research and More

Celtic Ray Simpson



Rebel with a Cause: Praying Outside the Lines with Christine Aroney Sine Earthkeepers: A Circlewood Podcast on Creation Care and Spirituality

As we move towards solstice, and look ahead to holy days and seasonal celebrations, do you find yourself feeling disconnected sometimes from the usual songs and ceremonies? What about your personal spiritual practices? The truth is, there are times when our meditations, prayers, and even journaling feel a bit worn out, and at times we find ourselves just going through the motions. In this episode Forrest talks with Dr. Christine Aroney Sine, about how we can move beyond some of the habits and practices that are prescribed for us by religion and culture. In our conversation, she offers guidance for creating new forms and practices that can bring vitality to our spiritual lives, and she offers inspiration for designing new ways to gather communities around meaningful themes, symbols, and rituals. Guest: Dr. Christine Aroney Sine Co-founder, Circlewood; Founder, Godspacelight; Author, TheGift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God, DiggingDeeper: The Art of Contemplative Gardening Mentions: Church calendar Christine’s Pinterest page on spirituality, gardening, and creation care Advent season: overview, Celtic tradition Earthkeepers Episode 44: Mary Dejong Scripture reference: John 1:4-5 Solstice: scientific and cultural background Resources for a Blue Christmas service Godspacelight Community Cookbook Mental benefits of gardening and harvesting, soil bacteria and antidepressants, gardening and stress hormones Mental health and cooking, cooking and emotional health Godspacelight blog Alternatives to traditional grass lawns  Keywords: spirituality, liturgy, liturgical calendar, liturgical rebel, ritual, sacred, God, Christian, contemplation, garden,wonder, creative, joy, imagination, Holy Spirit, seasons, Advent, Celtic, solstice, Blue Christmas, community, food, hospitality, creation care, hope, nones and dones Circlewood.Donate. Join the Stand.
  1. Rebel with a Cause: Praying Outside the Lines with Christine Aroney Sine
  2. Enneagram for Earthkeepers: Discovering Our Passions and Mobilizing Our Communities, with Matt Schlegel
  3. Earthy Spirituality: Learning from Farmers (and Children and Dogs), with Norman Wirzba
  4. Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership with Nina Simons
  5. Diversity in Common Cause: Jessica Zimmerle of Earth Ministry/WAIPL

Plastic, paper, glass, and cardboard at a Recology facility in San Francisco. Photo by Robert Galbraith / Reuters.

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As the trash piles up, American cities are scrambling to figure out what to do with everything they had previously sent to China. But few businesses want it domestically, for one very big reason: Despite all those advertising campaigns, Americans are terrible at recycling.

If we can somehow figure out how to better sort recycling, some U.S. markets for plastics and paper may emerge. But selling it domestically will still be harder than it would be in a place such as China, where a booming manufacturing sector has constant demand for materials. The viability of recycling varies tremendously by locale; San Francisco can recycle its glass back into bottles in six weeks, according to Recology, while many other cities are finding that glass is so heavy and breaks so easily that it is nearly impossible to truck it to a place that will recycle it. Akron, Ohio, is just one of many cities that have ended glass recycling since the China policy changes.

We’re in the middle of a recycling crisis. China, the biggest global buyer of recycled paper and plastic is no longer accepting shipments from other countries. So now, we need to ship recycled paper and plastic to factories and mills in more distant locations such as Southeast Asia. And, longer transports create higher costs, that ultimately effects everyone. As large a problem as this is, solutions can come from you, me, and businesses like Recology, the local recycling collection and resource recovery company. Recology is investing millions of dollars in both proven and new technologies while developing new markets to accept recycled materials to keep them from going to landfill, We have no choice. We all have to join in and help preserve our natural resources that provides clean air and water.

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