Happy Friday, lovelies!
I spent the morning doing boring banking and insurance stuff with Mick over a lovely cup of coffee. We always try to make the most of life administration by turning it into a date. (If you can make something funner, why wouldn't you?) Tomorrow we're going to a TEAR Australia conference around the issues of climate justice and advocacy, and what it looks like for Christians to respond to issues of poverty and injustice. Sunday will be for resting and binge-watching silly TV. I hope your weekend plans are similarly delightful.
This wasn't exactly good news but I thought it was really beautiful: yesterday people of faith gathered in a peaceful blockade of the Adani mine site, in solidarity with the Wangan and Jagalingou people on whose traditional land the mine is being built. (6 of them, including 3 ordained ministers, were arrested.) From their statement: “Instead of demonising protesters, the Queensland Government would do well to promote their plan to diversify the local economy, so that no one is left behind as the world moves away from coal.”
The UK and Germany are already transitioning to a renewable economy, showing Australia what's possible. (Germany managed to close down its coal industry without any forced redundancies!)
Australia's first rescued food supermarket has opened in Sydney! We get a lot of our food from a rescued food store at our local community centre. It's a way to contribute to the community and get a lot of high-quality food for super cheap, preventing it from going into landfill. If you can find a rescued food store near you, definitely give it a go. If you CAN'T access a rescued food store, here are some other ways you can prevent good food from going into landfill:
- Buy "ugly" vegetables and fruit
- Buy off the "dodgy produce" shelf at the fruit shop (you know the one I mean, where everything is marked down and sad). Soggy vegetables can be made into soup and curry, and fruit can be chopped up and frozen for smoothies or baked into muffins and cakes.
- Buy products that are close to their use by date (most things can be frozen before they expire if you can't eat them right away)
- Buy from the "reduced to clear" sections at your supermarket
- Consider if something is edible or useable before you automatically discard it. We often chuck out the leaves and ends of vegetables when there's absolutely no reason not to eat the whole thing. (I recently discovered you can eat cauliflower leaves and I'm so into it.) Citrus peels can go into your cleaning products or be zested into cakes, and even banana peels can be eaten.
- Be the person who unashamedly takes home the leftovers from parties, events, dinners etc, and then actually freeze or eat them so they don't get chucked away.
- Do a monthly no grocery challenge.
Okay, now for silly stuff:
I got an email from my friend Lucas this week containing, among other things, this absolutely delightful poem.
Recipe to try this weekend: I want to make these baked tofu bites so much! They're coated in nutritional yeast, aka crack for vegans.
Speaking of tofu: this documentary film produced by Arnold Schwarznegger and Jackie Chan looks SO MEGA. I get an adrenaline rush just from the trailer! Graaarrr! I want to lift something heavy! (It is coming to Australian cinemas soon.)
If you have kids (or just watch The Wiggles a lot for some reason? No judgement) you might enjoy this piece ranking the Wiggles by how much the author is embarrassed for them. (Thank you Leesa for bringing this to my attention.)
This week somebody asked me how you know if you're living in alignment with your values. Here's an exercise for that.
I'm sorry if this is too sad for Good News Friday but it is amazing: the museum of broken relationships displays objects from love that is no longer.
And in case you're getting over something and you need to hear this: there is no rush.
Go forth and do good things this weekend, everybody!
P.S. Could you go meat and dairy-free, car-free or plastic-free for 21 days and try to make it a habit? The 1 Million Actions for the Planet challenge starts on Monday. <3