Monday, August 10, 2009

"Fast" from Carbon Use and Lower Your Contribution to Pollution

Fasting: Not Just for Lent! Consider spending a month fasting from pollution, taking responsibility for your own contribution to pollution. Here are specific ideas. Consider chosing one and commit to it with your family, friends, neighbors or coworkers:

1. Start or increase recycling of cans, plastic, glass, and/or paper.

2. To reduce junk mail, write to, National Do Not Mail Registry, Prince Fredrick, MD, 20678. Request that they remove your name from all 3rd class mailing lists. You can make your request at no charge via the internet at

3. Buy cloth bags and use them instead of plastic or paper bags when shopping.

4. Buy and install a low flow showerhead, and take showers instead of baths. (Baths use twice as much hot water.)

5. Reduce time in the shower to 5 minutes.

“Beyond simply appreciating natural beauty, there is the active stewardship of ecological concern. Ecological stewardship means cultivating a heightened sense of human interdependence and solidarity.” -- from Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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