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War Cry comments on care for the environment

The Salvation Army is part of the Climate Coalition, believing in the importance of caring for the planet

LOVE will be in the air next Wednesday as Valentine’s Day is celebrated with cards, gifts and evenings out. But it’s not only happy couples who are being encouraged to show the love.

Environmental group the Climate Coalition is urging people to make green love hearts to show their concern for the planet in the face of the threat of global warming. Over the past three years thousands of people have joined the campaign, including British astronaut Tim Peake, who sent a green heart back to Earth from the International Space Station.

As part of its Show the Love campaign, the coalition points out that climate change is having an impact in areas that affect many people’s lives including back gardens, farms, beaches and even football pitches.

The Salvation Army is part of the Climate Coalition, believing in the importance of caring for the planet. One way in which it demonstrates that care is through the recycling of used clothing. Individuals can make use of The Salvation Army’s 7,000 clothes collection banks around the country so that their unwanted clothing can be recycled and reused rather than added to the ever-growing volume of waste at landfill sites.

A report in this week’s War Cry highlights the way the clothing collection scheme is helping to prevent the creation of almost a quarter of a million tonnes of carbon every year and the use of 28 million cubic metres of water.

No single donation comes close to having so significant an impact. But it shows what can be achieved when people do what they can – in this case donating an unwanted item of clothing and adding it to thousands of items donated by others.

As individuals we can make a difference when we show the love to our planet. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year.

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