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As science journals, newspapers and magazine increasingly shout at us from the headlines that we are changing our planet, there seems to be an accompanying feeling of helplessness against this atmospheric tide that is so dangerously rising. Frequently I feel despondent about the situation, yet am rather slow to change how I live in spite of the way I feel.

Recently I attended a lecture by a biologist who was speaking on the subject of global warming. He began by acting as if the whole idea was a myth cooked up by a bunch of granola heads from Eugene, Oregon. But then he started to present the data. And what had begun as a lighthearted and banter filled lecture became a call towards collectively realizing that what scientists are observing the world over is indeed real and indeed dire. At the end of the presentation, knowing all too well the first question that would be asked, he put up a slide that had the top ten things each can, should, and must do if we care for God’s green earth.

What Can I Do?

1. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Simple enough, so get to it.

2. Use less heat and air conditioning. 69 degrees isn’t that bad. Right?

3. Change your light bulbs. If everyone in the United States changed their bulbs to compact fluorescents, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.5 million gas guzzling cars off the road.

4. Drive less and drive smart. Can you walk there? Then do. Good for you, good for the planet.

5. Buy energy efficient products. You know that snazzy looking hybrid you’ve been looking at? When its time for your old car to be retired, go ahead. It’s the right thing to do.

6. Use less hot water. Four stanzas of your favorite hymn should do.

7. Use the “off” switch. You may think that radios, computers and DVD players are not sucking juice when you’re not using them, but unless they are turned off, they are costing you in more ways than one.

8. Plant a tree. Do you know what creates pure clean air? Next year make your Christmas tree a living tree.

9. Ask your utility company for a report card. If you know what time of the day you use the most electricity, then you know where to start.

10. Spread the word. We’re all in this together, so get as many people as we can to treat this earth as the beautiful creation that it is. The earth sustains us, so let’s return the favor.

I know it may require just a bit more thought, energy and care, but there’s only good to come of it. If we all do our part, then perhaps we can all share the satisfaction of bringing about a better tomorrow.

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