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Care of Creation

The spring ice thaw in the Northern Hemisphere occurs 9 days earlier than it did 150 years ago, and the fall freeze now typically starts 10 days later.

The 1990s was the warmest decade since the mid-1800s, when record-keeping started. The hottest years recorded: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2001, and 1997.

• The multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) report recently concluded that in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia, average temperatures have increased as much as 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius) in the past 50 years. The rise is nearly twice the global average. In Barrow, Alaska (the U.S.'s northernmost city) average temperatures are up over 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.5 to 3 degrees Celsius) in 30 years.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that global temperatures will rise an additional 3 to10 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 to 5.5 degrees Celsius) by century's end. (Source: National Geographic Society)

We pledge to:
Educate about global warming and international agreements concerning global warming;
Network with Dominican Ecological Centers, and collaborate with
environmental groups;
Lobby legislators to sponsor bills limiting pollution and greenhouse
Foster investments in environmentally sound companies and consider
refusing to patronize the worse offenders;
Encourage our congregations/provinces to conduct an energy audit and
implement the recommendations;
Encourage local alternative sources of energy, i.e. solar panels,
windmills, geothermal;
Examine transportation alternatives, e.g. hybrid cars, public
transportation, car pooling; utilize conference calls and other
technologies, when appropriate.
Re-emphasize our commitment to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Things you can do:

Tell Congress to get serious about ending America's addiction to fossil fuels
Besides causing gas prices to soar, America's oil addiction is sapping our nation's economic strength, threatening our national security and exacerbating global warming. Urge Congress to help pass oil savings legislation and put us on a clean path to oil independence.

Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.

Inflate Your Tires
Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Check them monthly. Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 per year.

Fill the Dishwasher
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.

Source: Stop Global Warming.org.

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The Earth Charter
... is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. The Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. READ MORE