2012 Lent Carbon Calendar by shitingting

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                                                      Because the world can change a lot in 40 days.

Lenten Carbon Fast 2012




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       Lent is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. This year, our church is
joining with many others in taking on a Lenten Carbon “Fast.” May this season serve as a
wake-up call to be mindful of the ways that our daily choices impact everyone, especially
people living in poverty. Each of these actions will reduce our production of climate
change pollution and help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation.                                                                                                www.gwIPL.org
              SUNDAY                       MONDAY                      TUESDAY                WEDNESDAY                      THURSDAY                               FRIDAY                  SATURDAY

“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you ... so that your alms may be
                                                                                                        22        Turn down your
                                                                                                                                      23           Eat meat-free
                                                                                                                                                                       24       Make one of your
                                                                                                                                                                                journeys more
                                                                                                                                                                                                    25
done 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. Could
Ash 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 two
If we were all living in harmony with the rest of God’s Creation, especially when no one is looking,              the day and 60 degrees           generations.                 trips? Carpool rather
our households, our churches, and our society would also be transformed.                                          at night. Program your           Choosing meat-free           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.           meals is a 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         choice you can make          or take bus or Metro,
                                                                                                                  when you leave home.             to reduce your carbon        instead of driving?
                                                                                                                                                   footprint. (VegDC.com)       (waba.org, wmata.com)
Remember your
baptism today,    26        Check windows
                                                 27       If you’re going to
                                                                              28     Be aware of your
                                                                                                         29       Let your
                                                                                                                                         1          Help your kitchen
                                                                                                                                                    fridge function
                                                                                                                                                                           2    Plan ahead to          3
and the power of water.     and doors for                 be away from an            hot water use                dishwasher                        efficiently by placing      bring reusable
Try to conserve: Leave      drafts with a ribbon          appliance for over an      today. Turn off the          breathe. Run the                  jugs of water inside        bags with you to get
a bucket in the shower      or feather. If it flutters,   hour, turn it off as you   water while scrubbing        dishwasher only with              (water retains cold         groceries today. If you
or kitchen sink, and        make or buy a draft           leave the room. Even       dishes. Take a shower        a full load, and skip the         better than air), and by    already use reusable
collect “grey water” to     dodger, or seal leaks.        on an “energy-saver”       instead of a bath, and try   energy-intensive drying           pulling the fridge out to   grocery bags, purchase a
water the plants. Have      (3bl.me/tgpdn6) To            setting, a computer,       to take a shower that        cycle by choosing the             scrub down the coils.       set of reusable produce
a lawn? Consider a rain     join with neighbors           game console, or TV        lasts half as long           “air-dry” option;                 Second fridge               bags for fruits and
barrel so you can water     for professional home         wastes more energy         as usual.                    or just open the                  or freezer in the           veggies. (EcoBags.com/
                                                                                                                                                    basement? Try to
the lawn with rain.         weatherization, contact       when it’s on than if you                                door overnight.                                               Produce_Bags)
                                                                                                                                                    make do with one.
(3bl.me/kkqzrp)             Groundswell.org.              really turn it off.
Run your washing
machine only with
                      4                              5    Turn off lights
                                                          you’re not using.
                                                                                6    Show reverence
                                                                                     for life and for the
                                                                                                           7      Consider
                                                                                                                  composting your
                                                                                                                                        8         Many caring
                                                                                                                                                  people are
                                                                                                                                                                          9     Planning to travel?
                                                                                                                                                                                Consider getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                    10
full loads.                                               Shut off lights as you     Earth today by obeying       food waste, returning           working to protect            there without flying.
Turn the knob on            Pick up at least one          leave a room. You can      the speed limit              nutrients to the soil.          Creation. Find a green        If you have to fly, balance
your washing machine        piece of litter on the        put reminders on           when driving.                Learn more about                living organization           out the carbon impact
to “cold/cold” and leave    ground when you are           your switchplates          Every 10 mph in speed        composters                      today, and sign up for        by buying offsets. Fund
it there. Washing your      out walking today, and        (gwIPL.org), or install    reduces fuel economy         (3bl.me/fmf29e), or get         their e-newsletter:           a project that prevents
clothes in cold water       dispose of it properly.       motion sensors (about      by 4 mpg, and increases      table scraps picked up:         (GreenAmerica.org,            one ton of greenhouse
gets them just as clean                                   $20 each) that turn        the risk of getting into     CompostCab.com,                 BlessedEarth.org,             gases for each ton that
as washing in hot water,                                  lights off automatically   an accident.                 FatWormCompost.com.             LiveGreen.net,                your trip will cause.
but uses half the energy.                                 (ShopIPL.org).                                                                          BethesdaGreen.org)            (3bl.me/std348)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Compiled from Lenten resources by:Tearfund, Nat’l Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Program, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Saint Mark Presbyterian
Rest your dryer.
Hang clothes        11
                             Many electronics
                             draw power even     12        End junk mail         13                              14        Save paper today:
                                                                                                                           print double-sided, 15      Minimize
                                                                                                                                                       disposables          16      Begin spring
                                                                                                                                                                                    gardening by going   17
to dry on a rack             when off. Today, unplug       that wastes paper.              If you have a car,              or wrap your next           today. Bring a mug to        organic. Grow your lawn
or clothesline               your appliances that are      Stop unwanted                   check the tire                  present in color comics,    get coffee. Use cloth        and garden without toxic
(3bl.me/wmq35y). Many        off; place computers,         catalogs and mailings           pressure today, or take         or a reusable gift bag.     napkins at a meal. Wipe      chemicals, and order a




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Church, Rock Spring Congregational UCC, IA IPL, NC IPL, and from Green America, and The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change.
households spend more        radios, and TVs on a          (CatalogChoice.org),            it to a gas station.            To reduce paper towel       up with a rag instead of     “Pesticide-Free” lawn
than $100 a year on the      power strip, and turn it      credit card offers              Cars with low tire              use in public restrooms,    paper towels. Stow a fork    sign. (PesticideFreeLawns.
energy used by their         off between uses. Unplug      (1-888-5-OPTOUT),               pressure get                    order “These Come           in your purse or briefcase   org) Don’t have a yard to
dryer, while the air can     your chargers when            and other junk mail             lower mileage.                  From Trees” stickers:       for the next time you eat    garden? Borrow one:
dry your clothes for free.   they’re not charging.         (DMAchoice.org).                                                (3bl.me/ef2zhd)             out during the work day.     (3bl.me/t2dbt3)
It’s hard to open
ourselves up to the 18       Are you recycling
                             everything you can? 19                               20       The wind blowing
                                                                                           off our coast is a    21        Subscribe           22      Speak out!           23                          24
reality of what is           Refresh your memory           The world’s                     blessing. Learn more            to any magazines?           Ask our leaders to           Celebrate Spring!
happening to our climate.    today on what items your      poor will be hit                about efforts to bring          If so, write an email       take action on               Plant a native tree
Today, learn more about      city or county allows         hardest by                      off-shore wind power to         to the publishers today,    climate change today.        (CaseyTrees.org), or
climate change.              for curbside recycling.       climate change.                 Maryland and Virginia, and      asking them to switch       (350.org,                    support tree-planting in
(350.org/Science,            Place an item that can        Learn more at                   how you can help.               to environmentally          ChesapeakeClimate.org,       other countries
ClimateForChange             be recycled, but that you     TckTckTck.org/                  (VA4Wind.com,                   responsible paper           CitizensClimateLobby.        (Greenbeltmovement.org,
TheBook.com,                 usually don’t recycle, into   tck-climate-guide/              MarylandOffshoreWind.           and printing practices      org)                         CO2covenant.org)
ClimateCrisis.net)           your bin.                                                     org)                            (BetterPaper.org).

                    25       Purchase more      26         Help people on
                                                           the front lines of    27        Own stock? Find
                                                                                           out if shareholder    28        Are solar panels    29      Learn about
                                                                                                                                                       mountain-top        30       Look to purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                    locally-grown
                                                                                                                                                                                                        31
Have an “embrace             mindfully today.              climate change. Carbon          resolutions have                possible for your           removal mining:              food today. Plan to
the silence” Sunday.         Print, cut out, and tape      Covenant links US               been filed to “green”           house? Find a DC            Appalachian mountains        walk to a farmers’
Turn off everything,         together a “Wallet            churches with carbon-           the company’s practices.        SUN solar cooperative       are blown apart,             market this weekend,
and unplug it if you can.    Buddy” where your credit      reducing projects in            (ProxyDemocracy.org)            group and gather with       poisoning streams.           or consider joining a
No TV, no radio, no ring     card can remind you of        developing countries:           Stay informed and vote          neighbors to learn more:    (3bl.me/dzs4ve)              community-supported
tones. Stay home after       questions to ask yourself     (CO2covenant.org).              your proxy on behalf            (DCSun.org).                How much of this coal
                                                                                                                                                                                    agriculture (CSA) group
church. Sabbath is good      before buying:                Others bring clean              of greener business             Or consider a solar         is for your electricity?
                                                                                                                                                                                    delivering local produce
for the soul.                (3bl.me/tdfr4v)               energy to villages:             practices. (ICCR.org,           hot water heater.           (iLoveMountains.org/
                                                                                                                                                                                    (LocalHarvest.org).
                                                           (SELF.org, EnergyCures.org)     3bl.me/rk4fw5)                  (bit.ly/AgdBZb)             myconnection)
Think today about
the role of our         1    Support clean
                             energy by
                                                     2     Place an insulating
                                                           cover over your           3     Replace the               4     Maundy Thursday
                                                                                                                           Replace the bulb        5   Good Friday            6     Holy Saturday          7
church in its local          purchasing “Renewable         hot water heater. You can       incandescent light              you removed on Ash
environment. Could           Energy Credits.” It may       find a “blanket” at most        bulbs in your house, even       Wednesday with an           “At that moment the          It can be difficult to
our community better         be an option through          hardware stores. (If you        if they haven’t burned out      energy-saving CFL           curtain of the temple was    contemplate our own
care for Creation? Get       your utility, by switching    have an electric water          yet, with CFLs or LEDs.         or LED bulb. Learn          torn in two, from top to     end. Think today about
involved with our green      energy suppliers, or by       heater, it’s an easy job to     Don’t forget to save one        more about how              bottom. The Earth shook,     greening your “final
work, and get inspired       purchasing RECs online.       do yourself. If you have        CFL for Maundy Thursday.        your electricity is         and the rocks were split.”   arrangements,” when the
by other “green souls”       (green-e.org)                 an oil or gas-powered           (ShopIPL.org)                   generated with the          —Matthew 27:51               time comes. One option
through Interfaith Power                                   heater, you may need a                                          online PowerProfiler.                                    is to help protect natural
& Light (gwIPL.org).                                       plumbing professional.)                                         (3bl.me/5wx8cs)                                          lands: (3bl.me/w5a9vw)


8 Easter “Jesus’ appearance changed the world. HisThis was awere beingof beingspeak truth to power, love your
  enemies, but most of all love God and your neighbor.
                                                       disciples
                                                                 new way
                                                                         asked:
                                                                                in relationship.
                                                                                                                                                          Take some time today to reflect on all of the activities
                                                                                                                                                          that you have performed during Lent, and how they
   Today’s seemingly ‘impossible appearance’ is that humans are changing the climate. This calls for a new way of being                                   have brought you into greater harmony with the Earth
                                                                                                                                                          and all life. Conclude your Carbon Fast by making a
   in the world, to relate differently to each other and to nature. There are great glimmers of hope on the horizon.”
                                                                                                                                                          personal pledge to serve God and serve others
                                                      — The   Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, president and founder, Interfaith Power & Light                by pursuing a more sustainable way of life.

								
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