Dear Friends of CACE,
Welcome to our January edition of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics eJournal! This month we are in a flurry of activities. Sir John Houghton, one of the world's leading climatologists and a committed Christian, will be sharing with us on campus about caring for God's creation. It is a time to recognize and confess that frequently we have not been faithful stewards of God's good earth. It is also a time to make changes in our behavior, to leave a lighter "footprint" upon our planet.
With these thoughts in mind we invite you to join us on campus for Sir John's plenary events listed below. We also share with you a variety of practical actions that we can implement, individually and collectively, to take better care of God's good creation. Sir John Houghton's messages are very timely due to the most recent news about evangelicals and scientists working together to take care of our planet.
Director of CACE
Sir John Houghton on Campus.
Tuesday, January 23
Environment and Politics Lecture with Q & A, 1:15 - 3:00 PM Armerding Lecture Hall. Event is free and open to the public.
Pastor's/Church Leaders Breakfast with Sir John, Wednesday, January 24th 8:00 - 11:15 AM (includes Q & A and Chapel).
Plenary Session: "Global Warming and Climate Change: a Challenge to Scientists and Christians"
Wednesday, January 24th. 7 PM, Edman Chapel. Event is free and open to the public.
Spring Conference, co-sponsored with Human Needs and Global Resources
Friday, February 23 & Saturday, February 24, 2007
New for 2007: CACE Ethical Issues
What Individuals Can Do!
Here's a list of 30 simple things like deciding what you eat, what you drive, how you build your home that can have a big effect on the problem of global warming.
1. Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.
Replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Same 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 a year.
2. Inflate Your Tires Correctly.
Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Check them monthly. Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 a year.
3. Change your Air Filter.
Check your car's air filter monthly. Save 800 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $130 a year.
4. Fill the Dishwasher.
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 a year
5. Use Recycled Paper.
Make sure your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper. Save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.
6. Adjust your Thermostat.
Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. Save 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $98 a year.
7. Check your Water Heater.
Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120º F. Save 559 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 a year.
8. Change the AC Filter.
Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 130 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 a year.
9. Take Short Showers.
Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs. Save 250 lbs of carbon dioxide and $99 a year.
10. Install a Low-Flow Showerhead.
Using less water in the shower means less energy to heat the water. Save 350 lbs of carbon dioxide and $150.
11. Buy Products Locally.
Buy locally and reduce the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store.
12. Buy Energy Certificates.
Help spur the renewable energy market and cut global warming pollution by buying wind certificates and green tags.
13. Buy Minimally Packaged Goods.
Less packaging could reduce your garbage by about 10%. Save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide and $1,000 a year.
14. Buy a Hybrid Car.
The average driver could save 16,000 lbs. of CO2 and $3,750 per year driving a hybrid.
15. Buy a Fuel Efficient Car.
Getting a few extra miles per gallon makes a big difference. Save thousands of lbs. of CO2 and a lot of money a year.
16. Carpool When You Can.
Carpooling with friends and coworkers saves fuel. Save 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars a year.
17. Reduce Garbage.
Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass. Save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year.
18. Plant a Tree.
Trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breath. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year.
19. Insulate Your Water Heater.
Keep your water heater insulated could save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 a year.
20. Replace Old Appliances.
Inefficient appliances waste energy. Save hundreds of lbs. of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars a year.
21. Weatherize Your Home.
Caulk and weather strip your doorways and windows. Save 1,700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $274 a year.
22. Use a Push Mower.
Use your muscles instead of fossil fuels and get some exercise. Save 80 lbs of carbon dioxide.
23. Unplug Un-Used Electronics.
Even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 a year.
24. Put on a Sweater.
Instead of turning up the heat in your home, wear more clothes. Save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $250 a year.
25. Insulate Your Home.
Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $245 per year.
26. Air Dry Your Clothes.
Line dry your clothes in the spring and summer instead of using the dryer. Save 700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $75 a year.
27. Switch to a Tankless Water Heater.
Your water will be heated as you use it rather than keeping a tank of hot water. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $390 a year.
28. Switch to Double Pane Windows.
Double pane windows keep more heat inside your home so you use less energy. Save 10,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $436 a year.
29. Buy Organic Food.
The chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce.
30. Bring Cloth Bags to the Market.
Using your own cloth bag instead of plastic or paper bags reduces waste and requires no additional energy.