*** Plan errands to complete tasks in one trip. Car pool when able.
*** Meatless Mondays. Eat less meat to reduce carbon foot print.
*** Turn your central heat down by one degree.
*** Remove light bulbs from lights not in use., without creating an unsafe situation.
*** Take cloth bags shopping. Lose the plastic.
*** Wash your clothes in cold water. Try to wash other things in cold water that do not need to be washed in hot water.
*** Review guidelines for curbside recycling. Ensure you are recycling all you can.
*** Run your dishwasher only with a full load; don’t use heat to dry dishes.
*** Make a point of turning out lights when you leave a room.
*** When heating water on the stove, use a pot with a lid; only use as much water as you need.
*** Have a leftovers meal once a week rather than cooking new each day.
*** Make sure chocolate Easter eggs are fair trade, supporting coca farmers in less wealthy parts of the world.
*** Shorten each shower to 4 or 5 minutes for a week.
*** Obey the speed limit when driving. Every 10 mph faster reduces fuel economy by 4 mpg.
*** Buy rechargeable batteries and LED bulbs for your home. Replace as many incandescent bulbs as you can.
*** Unplug your electronics for a day. Relish simple things.
*** Think prayerfully about how we are using up our resources at an unsustainable rate. Reflect on the inequitable distribution of resources around the world.
*** Turn the water off when brushing your teeth. If you have children, teach them to do the same.
*** Write your congressional representatives and tell them how you feel about climate change.
*** Stop using disposable paper towels. Instead make rags from old towels or clothing.
*** Don’t use the dryer when washing clothes.
*** Share your Lenten fast with friends and family. You could encourage those around you to reduce their emissions, too.
*** Turn off your computer monitor and printer when you finish using them or when you leave work at the end of the day.
*** Say no to packaging. Don’t buy fruit or vegetables pre-chopped or wrapped in plastic.
*** Take your own utensils with your lunch to avoid non-recyclable plastic utensils.
*** Don’t use the dryer when washing clothes this weekend.
*** Invest in a reusable cup for your drinks to go.
*** Challenge yourself not to buy anything in March apart from food or essentials.
*** Spend more time researching climate change. Resources such as http://www.climateworks.org are a great place to start.
*** Minimize your food waste by shopping with a list and a rough plan for each meal.
*** Calculate your carbon footprint. Take note of the activities that are most carbon intensive: www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/
*** Take a walk in your community through the woods or along the shore. Listen to the birds, look at the trees, feel the rain, snow, or sun on your face, watch and listen to the surf.
*** Next time you need to wrap a present, use recycled paper and make you own gift card.
*** Check your tires. Correctly inflated tires are safer and improve fuel economy.
*** Climate Change is the biggest threat in the global fight against hunger. Reflect on this in your prayers today.
*** Before throwing something away, consider if it can be recycled or used by someone else.
*** Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water on them.
*** Good Friday: On this day of reflection and repentance, take time to think about your role in preserving God’s creation and how small changes can make a difference.
*** Holy Saturday: Do you have a celebration meal planned for tomorrow? Remember all the tips from this calendar when preparing your meal and reducing waste.
*** Rejoice, for Christ has risen! Take this Easter Sunday to celebrate your achievements throughout Lent and share your learnings with friends and family.