05 October 2007

green flea market

I guess I'm not exactly an eco-warrior. But I am convinced that, as Christians with an eschatological vision for the whole created order, we have weighty kingdom-reasons for making "creation care" a priority in our lives, as stewards of the good gifts God has given to us.

And so, as a family living in and committed to the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia for nearly 8 years, we've been somewhat involved with our neighborhood environmental group: the Wissahickon Environmental Action Network (or "WEAN"). WEAN engages in a number of local, neighborhood initiatives: sending out reminders about recycling collection, lobbying for single stream recycling in our part of the city, distributing information on simple ways to conserve energy in one's home, organizing neighborhood clean up days, working with local schools and businesses toward adopting greener practices, and so on.

In addition, WEAN has hosted some film nights, showing films such as Who Killed the Electric Car and An Inconvenient Truth, along with discussion. The latter film was also part of an "Art & Truth on the Roof" event in Center City co-sponsored by WEAN, Whole Foods, and the Sierra Club, which included live music, recycled art, and a number of educational tables (including the fantastic Philly Car Share program). Some of the core WEAN folks also participated in the Philly "Step It Up" rally in Center City to urge Congress to reduce carbon emissions.

Tomorrow WEAN is sponsoring a "Green Flea Market." We've got a bunch of stuff in our closets that we aren't using and, since our lives do not consist in the abundance of our possessions, we plan on selling off a number of old clothes, toys Claire's outgrown, unused household items, and the like - hopefully to the inexpensive benefit of others. Moreover, the table reservation fee (only $15) will help WEAN to underwrite the cost of neighborhood clean ups, to continue distributing re-usable shopping bags, and to begin to provide energy-saving compact florescent light bulbs to our neighbors.

If you live in the Philly area, the Green Flea Market will take place at La Noce Park on the corner of Rochelle and Ridge Avenues, across from the Wissahickon train station. We'd love for you to stop by!