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The Problem with Plastic Water Bottles

Did you know?

  • 47.8% of bottled water is repackaged tap water but costs 1,000 times that of filtered tap water;
  •  there are 50 billion water bottles consumed each year, about 30 billion of them in the U.S. (which means we consume roughly 60 percent of the world’s water bottles, even though we’re about 4.5 percent of the world population);
  • for every 10 bottles we use, only 2 end up recycled

What can you do?  Purchase a stainless steel water bottle and refill it from your tap!

See our resource links for more information about bottled water and other topics.

 About EJTF

Follen’s Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) works to raise awareness of the status of climate change and to provide opportunities for the Follen community to learn more about the science and engage in actions to help halt the potentially tragic effects of continued inaction.

Climate Change is the defining social justice issue of our time because those who will be impacted first and most critically are those people of the world who are most vulnerable, the poor and disfranchised.

Join Our Listserv or Join Our Team

Join our listserv: Keep informed about environmental justice events, actions, and news. Email your request to join the list to follen-environmental-justice@googlegroups.com.

Meet With Us:  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.  in the Marshman Center.

Contact us: For more information about our work or if you have any questions or comments please contact us at follen-ejtf@googlegroups.com.

What Can We Do to Help Stop Climate Change?

The EJTF believes there are many ways we can act  both as individuals and as a community to address climate change:

  • Lower our personal carbon footprint by 20%,
  • Become political advocates, especially on the state level, for legislation to tax carbon, the banning of new fossil fuel infrastructure, and for sustainable energy initiatives,
  • Consider divesting personal, institutional, state, and municipal funds and endowments from fossil fuels and re-investing  in sustainable energy initiatives to ensure that our investments align with our ethical values.

Resource Links

Climate Change

Coping with the Enormity

Lowering Our Carbon Footprint

Plastic Water Bottles vs. Reusable Water Bottles

Renewable Energy

Divestment from Fossil Fuels & Reinvestment in Sustainable Energy Initiatives

The Divestment Debate

Divestment in the News
UU Divestment/Religious Divestment

Investing for a Sustainable Future – Fossil Free or Sustainable Funds
Fiduciary Responsibility and Financial Aspects of Divestment
Stranded Assets and the Carbon Bubble
Big Oil vs. Sustainable Energy Initiatives

Get Involved – Climate Action and Email Info and Discussion Groups

  • 350MA.org – Independent grassroots project of the Better Future Project, working to address climate change at the local and state levels with legislation and actions. There are nodes across the state, including Cambridge and Concord.
  • 350.org
  • Follen’s Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) –  for information contact follen-ejat@googlegroups.com
  • Follen’s Environmental Justice interest group – for information about environmental and climate change events, activities, news and discussion. Send email to follen-environmental-justice@googlegroups.com.
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Working to create the political will for a stable climate and to empower individuals to exercise their personal and political power. A local Lexington Chapter has just been formed. For more information contact  bmw@citizensclimatelobby.org
  • Lexington InterFaith Environmental (LIFE) Action group – Contact the curator, Mark Sandeen <marksandeen@gmail.com>
  • Mothers Out Front – Mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers who can no longer be silent and still about the very real danger that climate change poses to our children’s and grandchildren’s future. (Lexington chapter starting up)

Films and Books

  • Carbon Nation (2010) – An optimistic (and witty) discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to prevent (or at least slow down) the impending climate crisis.
  • Chasing Ice – Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. (EJTF has a copy of this film for loan to the community)
  • Climate of Change (2010) – A documentary focused on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.
  • Bidder 70 – A film about young UU environmentalist Tim DeChrisopher who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.
  • Climate Changed by Phillipe Squarzoni – Graphic novel on climate change
  • Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living – Book containing expert advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists (EJTF has 2 copies for loan to the community)
  • Oil and Honey – Washington Post Review of Bill McKibben’s book

EJTF Information Sheets