We are getting further into lent and further into Christian Aid's Count Your Blessings. Last week I added £2.80 to make a total of £15.10.
Week 5's theme is a week for our precious planet.
The world’s poorest people are on the frontline of our changing climate – and they’re suffering first and hardest.
Give 50p for each light turned on unnecessarily in your home and 20p for every electrical appliance left on standby.
2 million deaths every year are a result of exposure to indoor smoke from cooking fuels.
Give 40p if your oven runs on electricity or gas.
Deforestation in Haiti is a severe problem. In the 1920s, 60% of Haiti was forested, now just 2% of forests remain.
Give 20p for each local park or green space where you live.
About 20% of the population in the developed nations consume 86% of the world’s goods.
Give £1 if you replaced an electronic item this year, instead of getting it repaired.
More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
Give thanks that we don’t have to worry about what happens when we flush the toilet.
Weekend 16 & 17
While Christian Aid partners delivered life-saving food aid in Ethiopia during the drought of 2011, for many people the most pressing need was to save their livestock, which are their livelihoods. Hereg Dane (pictured right) had already lost half her animals, but Christian Aid partner Agri Service enclosed a piece of land so her community could grow fodder without it being destroyed by wild animals or livestock. Thanks to this vital enclosure, Hereg has been able to save the rest of her herd.
Give 20p for each pet you’ve had that you could easily care for without worrying about food shortages.