We, all of us, are being called to do something unprecedented. We are being called to think about “everything that is,” for we now know that everything is interrelated and that the well-being of each is connected to the well-being of the whole. This suggests a “planetary agenda” for all the religions, all the various fields of expertise.

                             ~Sally McFague, eco-feminist and theologian

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Aware of the importance of its stewardship of the earth, Cedar Park United Church is looking at ways in which to reduce the church’s carbon footprint and that of its larger community. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Recycle everything possible (glass, plastic, paper, aluminum).

2. Don’t use electrical appliances for things that can be done easily by hand (such as opening a can).

3. Carpool, take public transportation (or walk!) whenever possible.

4. Print or copy on both sides of the paper, and don’t print unnecessarily.

5. Use cold water whenever possible.

6. Use washable dishes, not disposable ones.

7. Turn off the lights, TV, and other appliances when not in the room.

8. Store food in reusable containers instead of plastic wrap or foil.

9. Reuse brown paper bags to line trash cans. And take your own reusable bags to the grocery stores. Plastic grocery bags will soon be a thing of the past!

10. Use only organic fertilizers.

11. Pull out weeds instead of using herbicides.

12. Start a composting system.

13. Avoid buying food or household products in plastic or Syrofoam  containers (these cannot be recycled and do not break down in the environment).

14. If possible, don’t leave the water running … or dripping.

15. Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before leaving for vacation.

16. Flush the toilet less often (if you cut flushing by half you’ll save up to 16.5 gal. of water a day).

17. Buy locally grown food and locally made products whenever possible.

Cedar Park, practising what it preaches, recently exchanged its light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones.

Out with the old, in with the new. Photo by Charlie Scott.

Out with the old, in with the new. Photo by Charlie Scott.