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Why should the church be green? PDF Print E-mail
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Humans live within a vast community of life on earth. In the Jewish and Christian religious traditions, God is first described as the Creator who, as creation proceeded, “saw that it was good.” ...
To enter into ever-deeper relationship with God – this “Lover of Life” – entails striving to develop right relations with nature and with other human beings. But life on earth today is plagued with an unprecedented and accelerating ecological crisis. Deforestation, species extinction, climate change, ecosystem collapse, contamination of air and water, and soil erosion are just a few of the enormous ecological problems which we face in Canada and elsewhere in our world.
God’s glory is revealed in the natural world, yet we humans are presently
 destroying creation. In this light, the ecological crisis is also a profoundly religious crisis. In destroying creation we are limiting our ability to know and love God. “The ecological crisis is a moral issue” and “the responsibility of everyone,”
this quote from a pastoral letter on faith and environment by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:34
Our Green Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Used batteries
Don't know what to do with your used batteries? Bring them to AUC and place them in the “Battery Bin” in the foyer beside the office. We will take care of safely disposing of such hazardous waste. Be part of the green solution!
Egg Cartons & Plastic bags
Wonder what to do with plastic egg cartons and plastic bags and blue milk bags that can’t go in the blue box?  Bring them to AUC and leave them in the “Egg Carton/Bag Bin” in the foyer beside the office.  The egg cartons and plastic bags will be used by art classes and the milk bags are made into safe ground sheet sleeping mats for Africa.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:32
How you can help PDF Print E-mail
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 Here are a few suggestions of other things members and friends of AUC can do:
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.     Walk, bike or car-pool 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.     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 Styrofoam 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.
18.   Use reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones.
19.   Become an “idle free” driver.  Turn your car’s engine off rather than idling when picking up or dropping off.
20.   Bring used batteries, egg cartons, plastic bags and blue milk bags to AUC’s collection boxes.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:29
What AUC is already doing well! PDF Print E-mail
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Environmental Initiatives Completed or Underway:
• changed Sanctuary lights to CFL bulbs
• turned off parlour hot water heater unless needed
• programmable thermostat in sanctuary and set back other thermostats manually when less heat needed
• changing fluorescent lighting ballasts to low energy as replacement needed – AUC has about 90 fluorescent lights.
• counter on photocopier monitors paper use
• regular use of kitchen dishes rather than disposable plates, cups, cutlery
• unwanted/unneeded church items made available at the bazaar
• congregational requests for needed “gently used items”
• volunteer network for repairs and special projects
• monitoring of paper supplies through the office
• two blue recycling boxes
• Sinks mostly have aerators
• newsletter sent by e-mail where possible - fewer printed copies
• Justice related activity – the use of Fair Trade Coffee


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 23:42
Useful Green Links PDF Print E-mail
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Faith and Ecology/Environment Links - a modest starter selection:
• World Council of Churches’ campaign on climate change - www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/justice-diakonia-and-responsibility-for-creation.html
• KAIROS (Joint Canadian Christian Action on the ecology) - www.kairoscanada.org/en/ecojustice
• United Church of Canada: Ecology - http://www.united-church.ca/ecology
• For some great ideas about how to reduce the garbage we create go to http://www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz/
• International campaign to resolve the climate crisis: http://www.350.org/
• Work with fellow Canadians to bring Canada in line with the Kyoto Accord: http://www.kyotoplus.ca/
• Canada’s authoritative voice on the ecology: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/
• Faith and the Common Good: www.faith-commongood.net/index.asp
• Suggestions from our provincial government: www.eco.on.ca/eng/
• What’s happening in Perth http://www.ecoperth.on.ca/
• How to keep old computers out of the landfill tter.ca/
• Find out what's happening in Kitchenor/Waterloo at news.therecord.com/Life/article/644351

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:23

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