As state chair for the ENVIRONMENTAL CSP, I will be echoing GFWC by encouraging each of you to continue to be stewards of our precious planet. Some of you may have had an opportunity to review the new guidelines and see that there are 57 ideas grouped in four major categories: 1) preserve resources; 2) protect animals; 3) live sustainably; and 4) beautify communities and nature. A list of national resources is also listed. WHEW!! It might seem daunting at first, but MUCH can be done by us individually and in our daily lives. Please contact me if you have questions.
In fact, I will be urging the impact of the ‘power of one’ this year as we refrain from large group gatherings. It is my intent to keep club officers and members informed with periodic emails; highlighting relevant dates and resources and suggestions. (This method will also help reduce paper use and clutter.)
My goals for the 2020-2022 administration are:
1) Address the GFWC challenges, projects, and guidelines including using individual actions, with at least 60% of clubs submitting a report by December 31, 2021.
2) Build awareness of the food waste in South Carolina by a) distributing SCDHEC materials to all clubs; and b) encouraging at least 3 clubs/and or individuals to become new SCDHEC ambassadors by December 31, 2021.
GFWC presents the challenge to REDUCE PLASTIC USE. This challenge can be addressed under any or all of the four categories noted above; and can certainly be done by individuals in daily activities. Ideas on how to REFUSE, REUSE, REPURPOSE and RECYCLE items will be shared with club members in the months to come. Along these lines, in our state, Palmetto Pride focuses on litter reduction (and certainly plastic is a big offender!) and presents four awards at our state convention. Please note details in your Presidents’ Packets. Palmetto Pride also has a Writing Contest about litter that takes place each fall. It is really neat because the winner’s entry gets made into a book and is distributed to all SC elementary schools! It is open to anyone, go to www.palmettopride.org for more details and deadlines.
Another serious worldwide problem is that of FOOD WASTE. South Carolina DHEC notes that nearly 40% is wasted annually. The waste occurs at all levels, from farm to plate, with most occurring at home. Club women can be effective in reducing this waste by becoming better informed, by making personal changes, and by considering participating in the SCDHEC ambassador campaign. Check out www.scdhec.gov/dontwastefoodsc .