Carbon Fast for Lent: Week 4 (Sunday, March 26)

Theme: Waste

Read: Jeremiah 12: 10-11

Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled down my portion; they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it a desolation; desolate, it mourns to me. The whole land is made desolate, but no man lays it to heart.

Act:

  • Are you recycling everything you can? Refresh your memory today on what items the City of Ottawa allows for curbside recycling by checking out the city’s Recycling web page.
  • Pick up at least one piece of litter every day this week and dispose of it properly. Plan to join St. Peter’s Care for Creation Committee this spring to help clean up Bronson Park and show the community that we care.
  • Save paper: print double-sided (or better yet, don’t print at all). Wrap your next present in color comics, or a reusable gift bag.
  • Be aware of how much food you discard this week. Look for opportunities to avoid wasting food by planning well, and eating leftovers. Join Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s Fast for Life (e-alliance.ch).
  • Consider composting your food waste, returning nutrients to the soil. Learn about composters (davidsuzuki.org), or use the City of Ottawa’s green bin program to dispose of organic waste.
  • Take part in “Give It Up for the Earth!” – a faith-in-action campaign organized by Citizens for Public Justice. See details in the Parish hall, or visit cpj.ca/for-the-earth.

Pray:

Gracious God of Love, We thank you for creating humankind according to your likeness. Help us, like you, to see the goodness of creation. Help us to remember that we are part of a greater whole, and that we have a duty to care for the earth, not just for ourselves. Help us to live in balance rather than conflict, to treat the material world with care and gentleness, and to conserve and nurture the things around us. Amen.*

*Citizens for Public Justice, Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, 2013. Reprinted with permission.