Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal

FROM THE GREEN CORNER:

From the Ashes, a National Geographic documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Selection, will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel Sunday, June 25 at 9 PM (check your local listing to verify time).

This documentary provides a thought-provoking look at Appalachia, the use of coal for energy production, the problems that arise, and some possible solutions. The Green Team, Warrenton Climate Change Group, and Virginia Interfaith Council co-sponsored a preview of the documentary last week at Saint James’ and recommend the film.

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Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

For all of us, our country’s departure from the Paris Climate Agreement was deeply disturbing. Responses however, have included some very positive suggestions which focus on the fact that we, as Americans and Christians, believe that individuals are empowered to act. Please consider the following ways to respond:

— We pray because the Earth is God’s creation, and it is in His hands. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church made the following statement. A number of Episcopal Church bishops have also issued a joint statement.

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From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15

Thursday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall

FROM THE ASHES is being shown in small venues all over the U.S. before it premiers on the National Geographic Channel later in June.  The Interfaith Power and Light network is distributing advance copies of the film with the intention of raising awareness that will potentially result in both thought-provoking conversation and constructive action.                      

FROM THE ASHES captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.

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Earth Day Events in the DC Area

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Do you have plans for EARTH DAY on April 22? There are many good events going on that help us appreciate our planet.

But did you know that the Anglican Communion recognizes a similar but much older celebration on April 25?  It is called ROGATION DAY, and the earliest ceremonies were believed to have been practiced in the British Isles in the 7th century when farmers asked the priest to bless their newly planted crops.

Even then, people understood the vital need of healthy soil and God’s blessing for abundance. Take time to  pray for the health of our planet during the upcoming week. Consider the many pressures upon our planet’s resources and how you can help.

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Green Team Update: Water Justice & Upcoming Events

“Water is the hammer through which climate change hits the earth.” – GreenFaith

Over the next weeks, the Green Team will consider how we can conserve and protect our planet’s clean water. We can use biodegradable soap products. We can return unused pharmaceuticals to proper sites rather than flush them into the sewer (Fauquier Hospital will accept them April 22, 9 am-12 noon).

What other ways can you suggest to protect our water? Email us your ideas!

GreenFaith and the Trinity Institute in New York City will be hosting a global theological conference, Water Justice, on March 22-24.

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Green Team Update: Earthworms & October 16 Meeting

Dear Green Team,

As you know, the Blessing of the Animals was held Oct. 5. Chosen because of its proximity to the Feast Day of St. Francis, this event honors his love of creation. Last Sunday, Ed led a fascinating Adult Ed discussion on the life of Francis, and the Blessing was a great follow-up.

The Green Team had earthworms blessed as part of our SPOTLIGHT on composting (thanks, Dorothy S!).  During the Blessing service, we read St. Bonaventure‘s comments about St. Francis. In describing St. Francis’ care for creation, St. Bonaventure included this:

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Upcoming Green Team Programs

Oct. 4 is the Feast Day of St Francis. There is much to learn about this extraordinary man who lived in the 12th century and inspired others to honor God’s creation.  When Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) was elected Pope by the Catholic Church in 2013, he chose to honor this man by using his name.

In honor of St Francis, please considering participating in one or more of the following:

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Green Team Update: Recycling

In the summer, it is so tempting to use disposable picnic ware or to take a break from sorting out recyclables. And isn’t it just too hot to go back to the car when you’ve forgotten your reusable shopping bags?

In addition, certain items such as pharmaceuticals, batteries, motor oil, or fluorescent light bulbs/CFL’s should be handled in special ways. Please remember how important your actions are and help our planet, especially in summer.  Insert your zip code in the following link for information about how and where you can recycle.

Earth 911 Recycling Search

Grinning Planet

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Green Team Update: Food Safety

(via foodsafetynews.com)

Some food manufacturers use “open dating,” or calendar dates stamped on a food product’s package, to help retailers determine how long to display a product for sale.  If an open date is shown on a product, both the month and day of the month (and year for shelf-stable and frozen products) must be displayed on the product packaging.  Immediately adjacent to the date a phrase explaining the meaning of the date such as “sell by” or “use before” must be displayed.

The date does not correspond to the date by which the product must be consumed to ensure food safety; rather, the date is indicated for product quality.

Open dating is typically found on perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.  After an open date passes, food may not be at the best quality, but products should still be safe if handled properly and stored at proper temperatures.  If the product has a “use-by” date, the product should be consumed or frozen by that date.

According to the USDA, even if a use-by date expires during home storage, “a product should be safe, wholesome, and of good quality – if handled properly and kept at 40F or below.”  If food develops an off odor, flavor, or appearance due to spoilage bacteria, the food should be discarded for quality reasons.

Foodborne bacteria can grow and cause foodborne illness before or after the date on the package if foods are mishandled.  Food, such as meat, left out at room temperature for more than two hours could become unsafe, even if the date on packaging hasn’t expired.

In the case of infant formula, if stored too long, it can separate and clog the nipple.  Baby food stored for too long may lose nutrients.  Do not buy or use baby formula or baby food after its “use-by” date.

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Youth & Children’s Earth Day Prayer

In honor of Earth Day 2016 (April 22nd), the youth and children of Saint James’ Warrenton collaborated to write the following Prayers for our Stewardship of the Earth, which was read as the Prayers of the People during Sunday Eucharists on Sunday, April 24.

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of creation. The book of Genesis describes a formless void which you turned into an interconnected world of wondrous beauty. We pray for your guidance as we accept the role of caring for all that you have given us.

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Green Team Spotlight | Food Waste

The Green Team would like to spotlight food waste for the next few weeks. Recent articles in National Geographic and the Washington Post have brought this issue to the forefront. While the facts may seem overwhelming, this is a problem on which we can have great impact both individually and as a faith community. After reading our problem statement, please share your ideas with us via email. We will work together over the coming weeks to address food waste in our community.

“…whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home)

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Green Team Updates

LAUDATO SI’

Conversation on “Care of Our Common Home” is today, March 13, 3:30 PM, at the Washington Fire Hall. Please join us in this important event. The third conversation will be held April 10.

HELP THE MONARCHS

It’s spring, and we will soon have the Monarch butterflies returning. You can help these important creatures by planting milkweed for their caterpillar stage.

Learn more:

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