Celebrate Earth Day Five Ways with WPC

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#1:  Donate Plants for WPC’s Flower Beds
Spring is here, and it’s time to refresh the church’s landscape and flower beds. You can help by donating plants from your yard or purchase plants on our wish list. We want to emphasize native plants but are pleased to receive Lenten Roses, milkweed, and other bedding plants and shrubs. We will gladly help you dig up your plants. Sign up now

#2:  Join the “Refresh the Church Landscape” Workday Crew, Saturday, April 20, 9:00am-Noon
Calling all experienced gardeners as well as anyone willing to dig in the dirt! Help clean flower beds and plant plants. This project is sponsored by the WPC Earth Care Team. Sign up now

#3:  Come to Aperture for “Meet Your Waste Where You Are: A Real Life Approach to Reducing Your Footprint and Creating Greater Change!” with Bryce Brooks of the ReCollective, April 17, 7:00pm, In person & on Zoom
When any person starts their zero-waste journey, there are a few “gateway changes” that start them on the right path: switching to reusables, composting food waste, shopping locally, etc. These steps are so important to creating mindful individuals who can come together to have a larger cumulative impact. But is everyone disposed (pun intended!) to the same capacity for low-waste behaviors? Should we be holding individuals from different economic, racial, medical, and geographical backgrounds to the same standard? All while ignoring high-impact industries that have and continue to devastate the planet? This talk is meant to inspire individuals to meet themselves where they are in their low-waste journey and help them zoom out. With small actions, we can inspire movements of people to create systems that take the burden of saving the planet off the individual. How can we leverage individual responsibility toward collective action without blame and shame? When we approach waste systemically and use our smaller actions to invigorate and motivate us, we are more likely to take collective action against corporate greed, consumer culture, and racial and economic disparities. Let’s explore the nuances of our waste systems and create meaningful change from small to structural. Register now

#4:  Stop and Learn at WPC’s Earth Care Expo, Sunday, April 21, 9:30am-12:30pm
Drop by the WPC Terrace before or after church to enjoy a LocoPop treat, and learn how you can become a better steward of God’s creation! Pick up resources and products to try at home, play a trash-vs-recycling sorting game, and find out how you can help redirect waste from the landfill and reduce the number of garbage trucks on the road each week. Pick up a reusable tote bag for restaurant leftovers made by Mission Stitches from repurposed material – just add your own container to cut back on hard-to-reuse restaurant food containers. Help make Durham a cleaner place to live, and celebrate WPC’s new PC(USA) Certification as an Earth Care Congregation!

#5:  Hike the Eno, Sunday, April 21, 2:00pm 
Let’s head to Eno River State Park! We’ll walk along the river towards Holden’s Mill Trail. There will be options for those who prefer shorter or longer hikes, from 1.5 to 4 miles. If you like, bring a bag lunch and join Marietta on the Terrace after the 11:00am worship service! Park at the end of Cole Mill Road. Questions about the trail? Register now