Compiled from many sources with help from Because the world can change a lot in 40 days.Lenten Carbon Fast 2010 Lent is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. This year, our church isjoining with many others in taking on a Lenten Carbon “Fast.” May this season serve as awake-up call to be mindful of the ways that our daily choices impact everyone, especiallypeople living in poverty. Each of these actions will reduce our production of climatechange pollution and help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation. www. GreenMyChurch .com SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Make one of your“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you ... so that your alms may be 17 Turn down your 18 Go meat-free 19 journeys more 20done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” —Matthew 6:2-4 thermostat by at today. Christians environmentally least one degree. Aim have been eating less friendly today. CouldAsh Wednesday reminds us to be faithful in action even when no one is paying attention. for 68 degrees during meat during Lent for you combine twoIf we are all living in harmony with the rest of God’s Creation, especially when no one is looking, the day and 60 degrees generations. Choosing trips? Carpool ratherour households, our churches, and our society will also be transformed. at night. Program your meat-free meals is one than driving solo? (3bl.Remove one light bulb from your home and live without its light for the next 40 days. thermostat if you can. of the most powerful me/8aczrn) Bike or walk,This will decrease your energy use, and act as a reminder of your Lenten Carbon Fast. Always turn the heat off things you can do to or take bus or Metro, when you leave home. reduce your carbon instead of driving? footprint. (VegDC.com) (waba.org, wmata.com)Remember yourbaptism today, 21 Check windows and doors for 22 If you’re going to 23 Be aware of your 24 Let your 25 Look to purchase 26 Plan ahead to 27and the power of water. drafts with a ribbon be away from an hot water use dishwasher locally-grown food bring reusableTry to conserve: Leave or feather. If it flutters, appliance for over an today. Turn off the breathe. Run the today. Plan to walk to bags with you to geta bucket in the shower make or buy a draft hour, turn it off as you water while scrubbing dishwasher only with a farmers’ market this groceries today. If youor kitchen sink, and dodger, or seal leave the room. Even dishes. Take a shower a full load, and skip the weekend, or consider already use reusablecollect “grey water” to leaks with caulk and on an “energy-saver” instead of a bath, and try energy-intensive drying joining a community- grocery bags, purchase awater the plants. Have weatherstripping. setting, a computer, to take a shower that cycle by choosing the supported agriculture set of reusable producea lawn? Consider a rain (3bl.me/tgpdn6) game console, or TV lasts half as “air-dry” option; (CSA) group that bags for fruits andbarrel so you can water For professional wastes more energy long as usual. or just open the delivers local produce veggies. (ecobags.com)the lawn with rain. weatherization, contact when it’s on than if you door overnight. (localharvest.org).(3bl.me/kkqzrp) WeatherizeDC.org. really turn it off.Run your washing Turn off lights Making travel plans?machine only with 28 Speak out! 1 you’re not using. 2 Be aware of how 3 Consider 4 Pick up at least one 5 Consider getting 6full loads. Ask our leaders to Shut off lights as you much food you composting your piece of litter on the there without flying.Turn the knob on take action on climate leave a room. You can discard this week. food waste. Put the ground when you are If you have to fly, balanceyour washing machine change today. put reminders on Look for opportunities nutrients from food out walking today, and out the carbon impactto “cold/cold”, and leave (daysix.org, 1sky.org, your switchplates to avoid wasting food waste back into the soil, dispose of it properly. by buying offsets. Fundit there. Washing your chesapeakeclimate.org) (gwIPL.org), or install by planning well, and not into a landfill. a project that preventsclothes in cold water motion sensors (about eating leftovers. Learn more about one ton of greenhousegets them just as clean $20 each) that turn composter options for gases for each ton thatas washing in hot water, lights off automatically indoors and outdoors. your trip will cause.but uses half the energy. (ShopIPL.org). (3bl.me/fmf29e) (3bl.me/std348)
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Today’s Take some time today to reflect on all of the activities that you have performed during Lent, and how they seemingly ‘impossible appearance’ is that humans are changing the climate. This calls for a new way of being in have brought you into greater harmony with the Earth the world, to relate differently to each other and to nature. There are great glimmers of hope on the horizon.” and all life. Conclude your Carbon Fast by making a personal pledge to serve God and serve others by — The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham pursuing a more sustainable way of life.