The Red Bank United Methodist church will hold its annual Green Fair on Sunday, April 19th from 9-12:30 in the church, with a healthy continental breakfast and a number of interesting displays to inspire youth and adults and our local community to educate and take action as stewards of creation, so that future generations will inhabit a planet with plentiful natural resources, less plastic, more fresh air and clean water. We continue to focus on the plastic pollution that is filling our streets, rivers and oceans and killing wildlife that swallow it and either suffocate or die of starvation. Our lives are being poisoned by Plastic. Let’s Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and remove what we can, so that we keep our world livable for ALL SPECIES.
The green team at our church has been active since 2009 when we began our certification process as a green congregation through Greenfaith.org. For 10 years we have worked to reduce our CO2 with solar panels, better insulation, and new windows. You can see our bike rack, and poster of the 10 years of actions we have taken. Our rooftop solar panels have generated 491,000 Kilowatt hours since 2010 and we have reduced close to 800,000 pounds of carbon as of February. At the Fair there will be displays about bees, butterflies, gardening, healthy foods, cleaner water, green energy, transportation alternatives and advocacy through Citizens Climate Lobby. On the front lawn will be some terrific energy saving vehicles. We will have letters to write to our Governor on pesticide reduction and milkweed seeds to plant to encourage butterflies and other pollinators. There will be products such as paper and metal straws, reusable grocery bags, and more. Posters and displays at the fair will encourage us to live greener. And we will present our TREX project to encourage others to join in reducing single stream plastic. At last year’s fair some middle school students shared their TREX challenge, and we signed up. For 6 months our congregation and preschool brought in plastic bags, and we bagged and sent them to TREX through local stores. And this month a beautiful TREX bench arrived that we will have on display, and later in our playground. It is a wonderful incentive to teach ourselves what we can do to have a cleaner environment. Youth groups from 3rd grade to 12th grade participate and share their expertise.