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Who is Lenten Plastics

Meet the Organizers Cat & Marie

Lenten Plastics began as a play on words for the phrase "Lenten Practice"--asking the question, "how does plastic affect my everyday life, and the life of those around me, and can I examine that during the 40 days of Lent?"  Now Lenten Plastics has evolved into a nondenominational community that calls upon those who wish to be good stewards to the planet, be they inspired by science, religion or both, to examine their relationship with plastic for Lent. We can be a positive force in the world and protect our natural resources for the health of the planet and future generations when we "give up" plastic, reduce its use, and become mindful of our daily practices of consumption in the world.

Those who participate in Lenten Plastics pledge to reduce their plastic waste for Lent --acknowledging that the challenge and in some cases outright impossibility of avoiding plastic is part of the journey to understanding its pervasive nature in our environment and culture.  All we ask is that Lenten Plastic Participants think deeply about their daily engagement with plastic and pledge to avoid or abstain to the best of their ability--whatever that means for you. Participants that follow us on social media or join our email list will receive daily devotionals to help them make small changes that can have big impacts on the environment, or to bring awareness to self and others.  Our small blogging community will also offer their insights and commentary on a weekly basis.

Giving up plastic for Lent is not a new idea. Many congregations and citizens have already given up plastic for Lent, or done similar environmentally conscious practices for this period of reflection and renewal. What your organizers hope to accomplish is to create a rallying point for everyone to gather around and to create greater awareness of the pervasiveness and cost of plastic use. #lentenplastics"

Marie Mainard O'Connell, Presbyterian Minster and mother of three first started blogging about giving up Plastic for Lent in 2009--it was really hard, and only sorta successful.  But what she learned was complex: that while some plastic use is morally good, most of it is unnecessary, wasteful, and indicative of a fundamentally selfish moral outlook mired in sin (yikes!  harsh turn there). Since then she's become interested in the intersection of faith, consumption and environment, encouraging others to take up the call for the earth--we can be part of fixing this. We can still be the stewards we are called by God to be.  

Cat is a Science Illustrator and Unitarian Universalist. She started out of college working at the Oklahoma Aquarium working to teach landlocked children about the environment and ocean health. Cat is a single graphic designer who is working to make ends meet for herself and two cats in NYC. This is her second year reducing plastics for Lent and she is excited for the challenge.

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