can do for Wicca. There is much you can give. Not only your time, energy, devotion, and so on, but also more concrete things. Here are some suggestions: Join a national Wiccan or pagan group, such as the Pagan Spirit Alliance (through Circle-see appendix I). This helps you socialize with others of like mind, even if only through the mail or on the phone. Attend one of the public Wiccan or pagan gatherings held each year in various parts of the country. Donate to an ecological organization, one striving to save our planet. Every day we poison the earth, as if we could spoil our camp and move elsewhere. If we don't take action now, there won't be anywhere to move. Financial contributions to responsible organizations dedicated to fighting pollution, saving endangered species, and bringing mindless development under control are examples of things you can give to Wicca. The same goes for groups fighting to feed the hungry. Remember one fundamental idea-that which sustains life is sacred. You may wish to start recycling. For many years, I've saved old newspapers, glass bottles, and aluminum cans from my trash. Since I live in a large city, there are numerous recycling centers nearby. Some centers pay, but the greatest rewards are not financial. They rest in the knowledge that we're helping to save the earth's natural resources. If there are no recycling centers near you, be more conscious of your trash. Avoid purchasing products in plastic containers. Favor white paper products over colored ones-the dyes add to the pollution in our streams and rivers. Restrict or eliminate the use of plastic bags, food wrap, and other plastic products of the "use once, throw away" variety. These plastics don't break down (i.e., aren't biodegradable), are expensive, and may retain their same basic shapes for twenty-thousand years or more. If you're reading this and asking yourself what this has to do with Wicca, set this book down, and put it away. Or, re-read it. Wicca consists-in part-of reverence for nature as a manifestation of the Goddess and God. One way to reverence the earth is to care for her.
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