ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP


PROTECTING OUR CLIMATE
 

 

Care for the environment is ultimately a call to respect all of creation and to assure that human activity, while transforming the earth, does not destroy the dynamic balance which exists among all living things that depend on land, air and water for their very existence.

Our mandate is from biblical scripture. First, we read in Genesis that God beholds all creation as “very good” (Gen 1:31) and commands us to “till and tend the garden” (Gen 2:15). Second, we read in Psalms, “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Ps 24:1). The bounty of Creation’s gifts must serve the common good of all.

All across North America people are choking on bad air and children are the most susceptible. For more information on the increased number of emergency room visits for asthma and respiratory illness, use this link.

http://www.beststart.org/resources/env_action/
 

There are many practical things you can do right away to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)

  -- DON’T IDLE.

Idling for 10 minutes a day can produce about a quarter tonne of CO2 emissions each year and cost you about $70 in wasted fuel.

-- CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE ONCE A MONTH.

Did you know that about 70% of cars and light trucks have at least one tire that is over or under-inflated? Maintaining the correct tire pressure could reduce your GHGs by at least 1/8 tonne each year and save $50 in fuel costs.

--  INSTALL AND USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT.

For every 1° C (2° F) you lower your thermostat, you can save 2% on your heating bill. A reduction of 3° C (5° F) at night and when you are away during the day provides optimal savings.

-- REDUCE YOUR HOUSEHOLD WASTE.

In Canada, about 25% of our garbage is currently recycled or composted. But about 70% of our household waste we put out for disposal could be. A family of three can reduce their GHGs by more than 1/8 tonne each year by composting.

 --  USE COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS.

They last up to ten times longer and use one-quarter of the electricity of a regular incandescent light bulb. Replacing 5 regular light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs will reduce your GHG emissions.

 


Here are four more ways to save energy and protect our climate.

 (1)  Drive less by taking public transit, car-pooling, walking or biking.

 (2)  Drive smarter by combining your errands or by working flexible hours to avoid rush hour traffic.


 (3)  When buying a new appliance, 
                     choose an
energy-efficient one.

 (4)  Educate your children - encourage them to reduce their exposure to harmful sun rays, expose them  to topics such as sustainable agriculture(a) and forestry, natural foods, renewable forms of energy, sustainable development(b), global and local climate change, and, most importantly, get them involved.....their future depends on it.
 

 

(a)     Three criteria for sustainable agriculture. 1) It must feed the world's hungry today. 2) It must feed the world's hungry tomorrow. 3) It must prevent deterioration of soil & water.

 

 "Today, sustainable farming practices commonly include:

  • crop rotations that mitigate weeds, disease, insect and other pest problems;
  • pest control strategies that are not harmful to natural systems, farmers, their neighbors, or consumers;.
  • increased mechanical/biological weed control; more soil and water conservation practices; and strategic use of animal and green manures;
  • use of natural or synthetic inputs in a way that poses no significant hazard to man, animals, or the environment.

(b)  Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. from the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987).  Some people also believe that the concept of sustainable development should include preserving the environment for other species as well as for people.  Use this link to learn more:

The World Bank - Environment 


 Still looking for more information?  Try these sites:

     TVO's Climate watch website: Climate Watch

        Government of Canada Environment and Climate Change website:   Environment
 


 

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