My thread, “How can we mitigate global warming?” ( forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=656903 ), was closed due to lack of activity, so I thought I’d start one with a broader topic, even though as one starts mitigating anthropogenic global warming (AGW), they realize they are mitigating a host of other environmental (and other) problems, as well, and AGW is sort of an “umbrella issue” bec of that. So even if one does not accept that AGW is real, there are many things they can do to mitigate other environmental problems that also mitigate AGW.
I think people who have turned to God and left more serious sins behind will be looking for further ways to improve spiritually and please God. I know JPII and BXVI have repeatedly called on us to mitigate environmental problems, so I’d like this thread to be about ways we can address those calls.
It helps to pray to God for solutions, and also to say little prayers while implementing solutions, no matter how tiny, like “My God I offer Thee this day, all I think and do and say, to unite it with what on Earth was done by Jesus Christ Thy son” or sing “Thank you oh my father for giving us your son, and leaving your spirit 'til the work on earth is done.”
I know the below mentioned good deeds are extremely tiny, just a drop in the ocean, but as Mother Teresa would say, our love makes them infinite, and St. Therese teaches us the “Little Way.”
Here’s a list for starters (some are more feasible than others, and most save money):
USE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
*]Buy wind generated electricity from companies like GREEN MOUNTAIN, greenmountain.com
*]solar panels, wind generators, small-scale hydro-generators, cogenerate
REDUCE consumption - buy things that last
*]turn off lights not in use
*]passive solar home
*]run multiple errands
*]live close to work/school
*]off engine in drive-thrus (and order the veggie burger – see Eco-Foods below)
*]cycle, walk, bus
Buy ENERGY EFFICIENT:
*]compact fluorescent & LED bulbs
*]car, hybrid, or EV
*]low-flow showerhead, toilet
*]off water while brushing teeth
*]don’t water lawn, or water early morning or in the evening, and not on windy days
*]Xeriscape (drought resistant plants)
REUSE, avoid throwaways. Use:
*]back side of paper
*]ceramic cups, cloth napkins & diapers
*]artificial Christmas trees
RECYCLE & BUY RECYCLED PRODUCTS (paper, etc.)
*]REDUCE MEAT, reduce impact on land & energy use, & improve health.
*]Eat raw produce, good for health & earth.
*]Become a LOCAVORE & eat locally grown produce.
SAFE® ALTERNATIVES TO PESTICIDES & OTHER TOXIC PRODUCTS
*]Safer Pest Control Project has tips at: spcpweb.org
*]GardensAlive.com - for non-toxic pesticides.
*]to reduce exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, see ourstolenfuture.org/basics/chemlist.htm
*]Avoid harmful personal care products - see youtube.com/watch?v=pfq000AF1i8 ; and find out the safety of your products at ewg.org/skindeep