Scripture or reading Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
WEEK 1: ELECTRICITY Fasting has a long history in many religious traditions including Christianity. There are March 9, 2011 10 11 12 ADVOCACY
This is the fast that many exhortations to fast and accounts of fasting in the Bible. In the Old Testament ASH WEDNESDAY Determine to completely Dry clothes on ACTION
pleases me: to let the perhaps the best known is Isaiah 58:6-12. In Matthew 9:14-15; Mark 2:18-20, and Luke Commit to shutting shut off all electronics at outside line Meet with Municipal
oppressed go free and 5:33-39 Jesus exhorts his followers to fast after he has left them. Acts 13:2-3 and 14:23 off all source when not in use. or on laundry Representatives and
break every yoke… describe fasting in the Early Church as well. Fasting is not just a literal abstaining from lights when leaving racks. ask what plans are in
Then will your light shine food but also a time of prayerful reflection and a gesture of commitment to God’s justice. any place to reduce
like the dawn. Participating in a room. the area’s use of
(Isaiah 58: 6–8). “Carbon Fast” means that we will try to reduce our use of fossil fuels, the leading cause of energy. Join a
climate change. committee that
oversees energy use
in your area.
WEEK 2: HEAT March 13, 2011 14 15 16 17 18 19 ADVOCACY
Then the LORD will Do an energy audit of Turn your thermostat Weather-strip your doors Observe heat use at Reduce the idling time of Consider ACTION
create…a cloud of your down and windows. church, your vehicle to a minimum installing a Write a letter to the
smoke by day and a home or participate in 1 degree. Make a habit school or work and or speak of your concern ceiling fan for Prime Minister asking
glow of flaming fire by an of make to someone who is idling better heat him to renew
night; over all the glory energy audit of your putting on a sweater a suggestion for excessively. circulation and funding for the
will be a canopy. It will church. instead increased more successful
be a shelter and shade For help go to 13 of turning the heat up. energy efficiency. efficient ecoENERGY for
from the heat of the http://tiny.cc/homehelp cooling. Renewable
day, and a refuge and 171. Power program,
hiding place from the which ended
storm and rain. (Isaiah in January of 2010.
WEEK 3: TRAVEL March 20, 2011 21 22 23 24 25 26 ADVOCACY
This I believe, I shall see Using the calculator on If you have two cars, Consider your next planned Seek out and use When replacing your Arrange for ACTION
the goodness of God in the KAIROS website, discuss plane travel. Is there an alternative vehicle, commit to KAIROS to Contact your MP to
the land of the living. calculate your carbon becoming a one-car alternative? Could you avoid commuting purchasing a hybrid or give a Carbon talk about
Put your hope in God, be footprint for all travel family. plane travel for one full year? arrangements—car the most energy-efficient Sabbath climate change and
strong, let you heart be last year and resolve to Resolve not to travel in a share, car possible. Initiative (CSI) demand
bold, put your hope in reduce it by at least 20% car for one day or one public transit, biking, workshop an increase in
God. (Psalm 27:13–14) in 2011. Go to 20: full week, walking. at your church. legislative and
http://tiny.cc/calculate5 whatever is a challenge Or do our own. monetary support for
68 for you. public
WEEK 4: WASTE March 27, 2011 28 29 30 31 April 1 2 ADVOCACY ACTION
Why spend money on Resolve not to buy the Undertake to recycle or View the ten-minute video “The Pledge always to Today in 2010 was Bottled Darn or mend a Initiate a petition to
what is not bread, your “next best thing” in donate Story of Stuff” at 29 bring your own Water piece send to your local
wages on what fails to electronics for two your old computer to www.storyofstuff.com/ shopping bags rather Free Day. Stop buying of clothing grocery store to lobby
satisfy? Listen, listen to years. schools With your family and decide than using plastic. bottled water. Take the pledge instead of against excess
me, and you will have and community centers how you can buy less stuff. at 31 throwing it out. packaging; if your
good things to eat and instead of discarding www.tiny.cc/waterfree. area does not have a
rich food to enjoy. Pay used waste division
attention, come to me, computers in the trash. program for organics,
listen, and your soul will contact
live. (Isaiah 55:2–3) your local councilor.
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WEEK 5: SHOPPING April 3, 2011 4 5 6 7 8 9 ADVOCACY ACTION
There was a man with Inventory your living Inventory your closets. If you have children in your Inventory your Inventory your disposable Inventory the Support an
two sons… [The Father] room with your family. Are there items that you life, inventory their toys with cleaning products…plastic bags, cameras, amount of time organization,
divided his property Separate the things wish them. How many do products. Resolve to lighters, storage you spend with such as the Maquila
between them. The that you need, from the you had not purchased? they actually use? Discuss, at an use simple, non-toxic, containers, and cleaning tools. loved Solidarity Network
younger son gathered all luxuries that you have Why? appropriate level, alternatives for one Eliminate at least ones. Decide to that
he had and traveled to a accumulated. Refrain What can you do the negative effects of month three disposable products. spend at least works for fair labour
distant country, and from unnecessary differently? over-consumption. and note the results. two days a practices
squandered his property shopping for the rest of month in in source countries.
in dissolute living. When the Lenten season. 2011 enjoying
he had spent everything, activities
a severe famine took that will bring
place throughout that you closer
country and he began to together.
be in need. (Luke 15: 11-
WEEK 6: WATER April 10, 2011 11 12 13 14 15 16 ADVOCACY
Everyone who thirsts, Cease or limit your use Purchase a reusable Never dispose of toxic waste Reduce the time that Pledge to sweep outdoor areas Experiment by ACTION
come to the waters; and and participation in the water such as leftover paint, you instead of using reducing Meet with your MP to
you that have no money, use of power craft on bottle for use on the medications into the water let the water run a hose or blower from now on. your shower to discuss concern about
come, buy and eat! lakes and rivers road. systems. Bring to local while half the the privatization of
Come, buy wine and such as skidoos, Advocate the use of tap collection depots. brushing your teeth usual time. water. Ask for a
milk without money and motorboats, ATVs, etc. water in church, school or review of Canada’s
without price. …I will and washing hands. National Water Policy
make with you an municipal programs. to ensure safe and
everlasting covenant. sustainable access to
(Isaiah 55:1, 3) drinking water for all
WEEK 7: FOOD April 17, 2011 18 19 20 21 22 23 ADVOCACY
He took a cup and after Learn about nutritional Promise to abstain from Visit an organic farm in your Refrain from eating Determine to increase Help arrange / ACTION
giving thanks he said, equivalencies in local eating any meat at least area with your family during out the percentage of your grocery organize Ask your MP to
“Take this and divide it food compared to exotic twice a the Easter Season. Also, visit for one week a order that is grown within 100 a 100-mile introduce
among yourselves… foods. week for one year. a factory farm. Talk about the month. miles of your city/town. dinner at your legislation to label the
Then he took a loaf of Check out the website experience as a family. church as part carbon
bread and when he had : of a Easter footprint on all
given thanks, he broke it http://100milediet.org/ Season Event grocery items so
and gave it them…He citizens may make
said, “Do this in for ideas to re-orient better
remembrance of me.” your eating habits. choices.
April 24, 2011 Easter Day –Celebrate the new Life that your Carbon Fast will yield.
/adapted from Kairos 2010 Carbon Fast for Lent
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Portion of material from the web-site as of Saturday, March 19, 2011:
British Columbia — You pay $150 for the first energy audit. The BC Government’s LiveSmart BC program currently pays HomePerformance for the remaining portion of the cost.
First audit — Your first Home energy audit takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. Your certified ecoENERGY advisor will be happy to answer any questions about energy use in your home. The advisor will
need access to the entire house, including attic, crawl space, heating and cooling equipment, or any other hard to reach areas.
Grant report — You will receive an ecoENERGY report as part of your home energy audit. This report contains recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
See C:\GladwinHts-dj \Care for the Earth Vision 2010\ \
Note units for Kairos calculator are Kg Co2e, ecofootrpint calculator used in fall 2010 and listed in March 20 bulletin is hectares of your footprint.
Link is working Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Link is working Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Link is working Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Why the ‘100-Mile’ Diet?
It’s an easy way to start thinking local. A 100-mile radius is large enough to reach beyond a big city and small enough to feel truly local. And it rolls off the tongue more easily than the ‘160-Kilometre Diet.’
How difficult is the 100-Mile Diet?
We walked into the diet cold turkey for a full year, and it was hard. For example, we live on the West Coast, so it took us seven months to find a rogue local farmer who actually grows wheat. Meanwhile, we ate an unbelievable
number of potatoes. Doing the diet the hard way taught us a lot about the current food system, but it isn’t for everybody. A more realistic approach is to plan a single, totally 100-mile meal with friends or family, and see where
you want to go from there.
Was it mostly fun, or mostly frustration?
The 100-Mile Diet is about learning by doing. Getting to know the seasons. Understanding where our food comes from, and at what risk to our health and to the environment. Sorting out how we all ended up eating apples that
taste like cardboard and cakes made with petrochemicals. It was a challenge, but a good one - a genuine adventure.
Is this some kind of foodie cult?
Do we think the world would be a better place if more people ate local food more often? Yes. Do we want to pick fights or lose friends about it? No.
Did you feel malnourished?
For one year we ate only the freshest food that had traveled the shortest possible distances and was eaten or preserved at its seasonal peak. Most of it was organic, and everything we ate was prepared from scratch and nothing
came out of a box. Does that answer that question?
Were your meals repetitive and boring?
At first, yes. As we found more and more local food sources, though, our meals became more interesting than ever before. Farmers and farmers’ markets introduced us to foods and flavors we’d never tried before. We
discovered the seasons, and the micro-seasons, and the micro-micro-seasons. What’s available is always changing.
Was it expensive?
Again, only in the beginning. Most of us pay a big premium for out-of-season foods like cherries in winter or prepared foods like spaghetti sauce, usually with a long list of ingredients we might prefer not to have in our bodies.
Eating locally, we bought fresh ingredients in season and direct from the farmer - and we were often buying bulk. We preserved enough food for the winter that we rarely had to buy groceries. Our bet? Most people eating a
typical diet could save money by eating locally.
Did it take a lot of time?
We won’t lie - it takes time to find local food sources, to make food from scratch, to do canning for winter, and so on. But it also raises interesting questions about how we’re spending our time. What if we spent more time on
self-sufficiency and less time at the office?
What did you miss the most?
Every region has foods that are hard - or impossible - to find. We went without wheat for seven months. We missed pasta. We missed bread. We missed pancakes. Then we found our wheat farmer, and we pigged out.
Are you still on the 100-Mile Diet?
Yes - more or less. We lived a year on the 100-Mile Diet as an experiment. Now we’re committed to eating locally, but certain long-distance favorites have made it back into the larder. Like olives. And chocolate. And beer.
Will local eating save the world?
Check out our 12 Reasons for Eating Locally.
Will I lose weight while I save the world?
The world of weight-loss diets is a weird and not-so-wonderful place. Let’s put it this way: a local diet is likely to involve lots of fresh produce and homemade meals, and not a lot of junk food, processed fats, additives and sugar.
You’re also far more likely to know where your food came from, and what’s in it.
Can this be done in New York City/Alaska/the desert?
We recently ate a 100-Mile Meal in New York, and we’d only been there for one day. We’ve also managed totally local eating at 55 degrees north latitude and on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There are places where it’s
easier and places where it’s harder, but with a little planning, local eating is never impossible. And yes, that’s a direct challenge to scientists in Antarctica and astronauts in the International Space Station.
Did you cheat? Read our tell-all book about a year on the 100-Mile Diet.
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