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Date: February 18, 2016
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goodsamlogo_2color    Interfaith Power & Light

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH  #12

…we find ourselves awkwardly astride a turning time when we must learn to “sing a new song in a strange land” (Psalm 137:4). Only this time the strange land is not Babylon but the planet… Earth Honoring Faith, Religious Ethics in a New Key. Larry L. Rasmussen.

Here’s something to give up for Lent: plastic. If you give up chocolate for Lent, you could improve your willpower and maybe even your figure, but if you give up using plastic water bottles, you can help improve the environment. Plastic does not biodegrade; tiny particles of photo-degraded plastics are entering our food chain. (fish and other species consume them; effects not yet determined). Plastic water bottles are said to be the single greatest source of plastic in our waterways. Plastic water bottles can be replaced by tap/bulk spring water carried in stainless steel or reusable plastic water bottles. And remember to bring reusable cloth bags when shopping. https://www.newdream.org/blog/2016-01-why-give-up-chocolate-for-lent-when-you-can-give-up

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CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH  #11

“We have become imperial uncreators, or decreators, in the community of life, terminators who deal death to birth itself by way of extinction; the sixth great wave of extinction, to be exact, and the first at human hands”.

– Earth Honoring Faith, Religious Ethics in a New Key. Larry L. Rasmussen.

Good Samaritan has joined Interfaith Power & Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping faith communities take action in the effort to work in incremental ways to reduce the continuing damage to our planet. Following are some ideas regarding domestic appliances that may require some investment but should provide favorable payback over time.

  • Replace older refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher with ENERGY STAR models

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CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH #10

“Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to (global) warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry.”

(p.25) (Pope Francis “Laudato Si’ Encyclical 2015)

Good Samaritan has joined Interfaith Power & Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping faith communities take action in the effort to work in incremental ways to reduce the continuing damage to our planet. Following are some ideas regarding lighting that may require some investment but should provide favorable payback over time.

  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs which use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer. (CA codes now require these for new construction or alterations)
  • Open curtains to utilize natural lighting. Install sun tubes and/or sky lights to bring in natural sunlight. Equip with remote control blinds or state of the art shading mechanisms.
  • Install occupant sensors and timers for room lights, especially common areas and bathrooms.

Comments or questions contact David Hruska at d.hruska.350@gmail.com

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH #9

Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inher­itance, whose fruits are meant to benefit every­one. (Pope Francis “Laudato Si’ Encyclical 2015) ______________________________________________________________

Good Samaritan has joined Interfaith Power & Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping faith communities take action in the effort to work in incremental ways to reduce the continuing damage to our planet. Each week we will share a few ideas, many of which you may already be implementing. Following are some more steps regarding APPLIANCES                                                                            

  • Set your dishwasher on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.
  • Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.
  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.
  • Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
  • Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.
  • Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking on the stove to shorten your cooking time and save energy.
  • Match your pot size to the burner on your stove.
  • Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use.

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Dishwasher  PanStove  Vent fan

 

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH #8

Nature cannot be regarded as something sepa­rate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.  (Pope Francis “Laudato Si’ Encyclical 2015)

Good Samaritan has joined Interfaith Power & Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping faith communities take action in the effort to work in incremental ways to reduce the continuing damage to our planet. Each week we will share a few ideas, many of which you may already be implementing. Following are some suggestions regarding:

Thanksgiving Mea

THANKSGIVING DINNER                                                                  

EAT LESS MEAT. (Ed. Note: This could be difficult).Consider replacing your traditional meat dish with creative, vegetarian alternatives. The New York Times recently published its annual roundup of tasty vegetarian fare for Thanksgiving. Also, find Tofurky recipes courtesy of Farm Sanctuary (Turkey rescue).

CHOOSE ORGANIC AND HUMANELY RAISED. If you eat meat, look for free-range organic options at your grocery store using the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change. These are from animals that are fed grains or grasses that are organically grown and free of synthetic pesticides, and thus require less fossil fuel energy. A USDA Organic label ensures that the meat was not produced with pesticides, irradiation, hormones, antibiotics, or bioengineering and a Certified Humane label ensures that the turkey was raised in humane conditions.You can also consider a heritage turkey, or choose from a variety of sustainable fish.

EAT LOCALLY GROWN. Fall is a great time to savor local produce such as apples, squash, cabbage, cranberries, and pecans. Visit your community farmers market, find fresh local options near you at www.localharvest.org and the Eat Well Guide. Eating local food in season also reduces the number of “food miles” necessary to get food onto the table, and fewer miles mean less greenhouse gas pollution.

REDUCE PACKAGING. Overly processed and packaged foods take a lot of energy to produce. Choose foods with eco-friendly packaging. Bring your own reusable produce and shopping bags to the store. When done eating and cooking, recycle packaging as best you can.

LEAVE FEWER LEFTOVERS. Nearly half of all food in the United States is thrown away before it is consumed. The way we produce, use, and waste food creates nearly one-third of U.S. carbon emissions. Per-capita food waste has grown by about 50 percent since 1974, and yet there are 50 million people in the United States who don’t have enough to eat on a regular basis. Try to buy only what you plan to eat.

Comments or questions contact David Hruska at d.hruska.350@gmail.com

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, PLANET EARTH #7

“There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.” (Pope Francis “Laudato Si’ Encyclical 2015)

Good Samaritan has joined Interfaith Power & Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping faith communities take action in the effort to work in incremental ways to reduce the continuing damage to our planet. Each week we will share a few ideas, many of which you may already be implementing. Following are some more steps regarding:

CO2 Foot Print    APPLIANCES                                                                            

  • Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F.
  • Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.
  • Replace a refrigerator bought before 1990 with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model – energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators.
  • Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off .
  • Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
  • Wash and dry several laundry loads at once, so that your dryer isn’t completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.
  • Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling. Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

 Comments or questions contact David Hruska at d.hruska.350@gmail.com