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The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is his! Psalm 24:1 Living Bible (TLB)

 

        

HARVEST the Mosaic Garden

Our garden is at the peak of summer production, and your family can join in the fun of harvesting vegetables to donate to Manna on Meridian Food Bank. In between your summer plans, please consider Adopting a Week in the garden. In just a few minutes, you can water, pull a weed or two, and check for pests to help our garden thrive. Groups and Sunday School classes are encouraged to help, since they can share the week to make it even easier. We are so grateful for our volunteers! Contact Jessie Perry at perry386@msn.com to get involved.

 

July Eco-Tip:

Summer is here and many of us flock to Florida’s beautiful beaches, springs, and waterways. But did you know that our fun day in the sun could be doing damage to these natural treasures? Here are a few tips to help you make your time at the coast enjoyable and sustainable.

1. Leave no trace. Be sure to bring a bag with you to collect your cans and bottles to recycle later, as well as the wrappers and other trash that you produce. Littering our beaches and waterways hurts the wildlife that make their homes there, and adds to the plastic pollution problem that has created enormous plastic islands floating in the ocean. While looking for shells on beach walks with your kids, keep an eye out for litter too. Bring an extra bag and pick up bottles, nets, and other trash that can hurt wildlife, and leave the beach better than you found it.

2. Sunscreen the safe way. Use physical instead of chemical sunscreen. Physical (mineral) sunscreen works as a barrier on the skin against the sun, sitting on the surface, and is made from titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. The chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are used in more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products, have been proven to hurt coral reefs and aquatic life. When swimming in natural bodies of water, use sunscreens that don’t contain these chemicals.

3. Eat sustainable seafood. Global fisheries are on the verge of colapse, and according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), three quarters of the world’s fisheries are now in danger. Carry a sustainable seafood card and ask your seafood restaurant or fish market to buy from sustainable fisheries. Look for special terms like “line caught,” “diver caught,” “sustainably caught,” or “sustainably harvested.”

For more information on what you can do to keep your trips to the coast fun and sustainable, visit www.oceana.org/living-blue/.

 

 

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