Community Carbon Fast: Water is precious

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Gina Orlando

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Join in the Community Carbon Fast* to help cool global warming. For environmental issues it's best to share the dream rather than the drama. We can be part of the solution with water conservation habit changes. Yet we live next to one of the biggest bodies of fresh water in the world! But to care for our common home and people less fortunate, we are still asked to be mindful and reduce our water use.

With climate change progressing, we increasingly see two seasons: drought and flood. These are devastating and especially hurt the poor. Water and food scarcity destabilize regions and make them more vulnerable to unrest, abuse, fear, rage, trauma, wars and migration: world crises. Whoever controls the water and the food has the power. This becomes a major national security concern as well as a social justice issue. We can help heal this with our mindfulness, lifestyle changes, pro-active policies and donations to worthy causes.

Choose some new water conservation habits: 

  • set a timer for shorter showers (have a contest in your family to see who takes the shortest shower); 
  • shut off the water while brushing teeth; 
  • wash dishes in batches so the water doesn't run; 
  • install a rain barrel; 
  • plant a native garden, a rain garden and replace most of your lawn. 

You can also eliminate plastic water bottles as you drink filtered water from home in a safe bottle, fix leaky faucets, use clothes and towels more than once to save water and energy, eat less meat, and choose more local plant foods. 

When you drink a clean glass of water, do so with an attitude of gratitude.

The Ascension Parish community is doing a Lenten Carbon Fast: http://tinyurl.com/gw8r8c8. Scroll down to the Calendar. 

Dominican University staff, students and faculty are engaging in the Interfaith Power and Light Carbon Fast: http://tinyurl.com/zgqkj75. 

Who else is doing a carbon fast?

Join in and share the dream.

* A carbon fast helps us put less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as we change our lifestyle, one step at a time. 

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