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.

Speakers will include Katherine Hayhoe, Sen. Barbara Boxer, David Toomey and more.

There are two Virginia partner sites where you can participate:

  1. Fredericksburg: St. Georges’ Episcopal: Contact: Bob Miller
  2. Winchester: Shenandoah University Office of Spiritual Life: Contact: Danielle LaBar

Additional Resources

  1. ChurchNext “Water & Justice” Course
  2. Episcopal Digital Network “Clean Water” News Archive

The Staunton River in Shenandoah National Park. This mountain stream is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Green Calendar

Ongoing Projects

  1. Compost for Sunday Café food waste (more info)
  2. Documenting Birds with eBIRD
  3. Contributing earth care information to the Saint James’ School monthly e-newsletter

Lent 2017

MARCH 1: Consider a “Carbon Fast” for Lent. The Green Anglican website has some good suggestions for this.

MARCH-APRIL: Monarch butterflies return

MARCH 22: World Water Day 2017

MARCH 22-24: 46th annual Trinity Institute: Water Justice in New York City. We can adapt to many changes in our environment, but not the loss of potable water. You can follow this important conversation on their website. 

MARCH 25: 8:30 PM is Earth Hour: lights out for 1 hour in solidarity for the health of our planet.

Upper Red Creek in Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia. After two centuries of pollution from mining and logging, this portion of the Ohio River watershed is only just beginning to recover.

Easter 2017

APRIL 8: 6 PM, “Voices in the Night” (Frogs & Toads), Environmental Studies (contact)

APRIL 19: National Hanging Out Day (clothes lines) – Plan “clothes pin on your collar” Sunday if you used your clothes line this week

APRIL 22: Earth Day + “March for Science” Richmond

APRIL 22: 9 AM to 12 noon, Unused Medication and Sharps Collection Day at Medical Office Building, Hospital Hill Campus, Fauquier Hospital  253 Veterans Drive, original packaging if possible:  540 316 3588

APRIL 23: St. George’s Day (Did you know that dragons like lettuce? We’ll have some seedlings for your garden.)

APRIL 25: Rogation Day (or April 27 if Easter falls on the 25th), and on the 3 days prior to the feast of Christ’s Ascension, these days were a time during which farmers had their crops blessed by a priest.  Some congregations today are re-interpreting this ancient custom as a time of prayer for the earth.

APRIL 29: Sierra Club’s “March for Climate Justice” in DC

MAY 7-13:  International Compost Awareness Week

MAY 13: 1 PM “Trees of the Northern Piedmont” with EnvStudies (contact)

JUNE 3: 29th Annual Clean the Bay Day

JUNE 10-11:  Saint James’ Warrenton’s Shrine Mont Parish Retreat

JUNE 11-13:  Citizens Climate Lobby 8th annual conference in DC

JULY 23-31: Moth Week – Moths face numerous threats including loss of habitat.  observe and document these important insects and pollinators. and a food source for many bats and birds.