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“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.” Pope Francis, Inaugural Mass, 19 March 2013
How heavy is your carbon footprint?
Each of us has a ‘carbon footprint’, a lifestyle that causes release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which has a direct impact on global warming and climate change. Creation is a beautiful gift from God that we must nurture and protect in order that this gift be available for generations to come and that we realise our responsibility towards nature which provides us with all the needs of life. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8 March Spend some time in prayer. As an individual and as a family, come together to thank God for the gift of a good Earth which we have to protect and nurture. The Season of Lent is a reflection of Jesus’ suffering, passion, death and resurrection which he willingly underwent to give us fullness of life. The 40 days of Lent (all the weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday) are an opportunity for us to practice a little sacrifice ourselves. 5 March 6 March 7 March Ashes remind us Commit to lifestyle Most changes that of carbon output. changes. benefit the environment benefit us. Reflect on ways to Decide on simple, reduce your easy to implement This year, we invite you to take up a ‘Carbon Fast’ – daily actions personal/family changes in your life. Decide to walk that will help you cut down on carbon dioxide emissions. This carbon footprint. Write them down so more, eat less meat, calendar will suggest small measureable daily tasks flowing from a Type “how to reduce that you keep a use less electricity, Sunday refection that will bring us closer to Creation and to God in my carbon footprint record and a save water, avoid appreciating the wonder of all their gifts. at home” in Google reminder. plastic. Search for ideas. 9 March 10 March Reflect on the Be aware of food Gospel passage waste. about Jesus being tempted. Plan so as to avoid food wastage. Eat Lent is usually a leftovers. Buy time to go veg. We smaller portions to can learn how avoid waste. Cook consuming too only how much is much meat is bad required. for health and for the environment.
11 March 12 March 13 March 14 March 15 March Grow veggies in Compost food Buy local produce Go completely Shop and check your home. waste. and from nearby. meat-free today. for packaging. However small your house, a terrace, window or pot can be used to grow coriander, curry leaves, mustard or even some vegetables. Get the community involved. Each house can have a small compost bin or a community can do it together. All wet waste can be made into useful manure instead of being dumped. It’s fresh, you reduce CO2 emissions from travel and save on transport costs. Take turns to buy bulk for community members and share costs – it is cheaper. Meat production releases greenhouse gases. Going off meat greatly reduces your carbon footprint plus improves your health. Avoid plasticwrapped food products or canned foods. They add non-biodegradables to waste and are not generally fresh.
22 March Enjoy the silence. Turn off all your electronic devices for a day: TV, phone, players and computers. Chat face to face with friends, spend time with family, go for a quiet walk. 29 March Use waste water well. Wash veggies in a tub and use the water to water plants. Water from washing clothes can be used to flush the toilet.
16 March 17 March The passage on Remove one light the Transfiguration bulb or tube. speaks of power and light. If possible, remove one light bulb/tube Electricity is power from any room and that gives light, heat do without it for the and much more. We rest of Lent. You will reflect on how save on bills and saving electricity may discover you reduces bills and don’t even need it! helps the Earth. 23 March 24 March The Samaritan Collect the drips. woman asks for living water. If you have a leaking tap, place a Water is a precious, bucket under it to but limited resource; collect the drops till it exists for ALL – you get the tap animal, plant, insect fixed. The amount and human life. you save will amaze Reflect on this God- you! given gift. 30 March The story of the blind man helps us reflect on how we close our eyes to harming the Earth. Vehicles add pollution to the air that harms us and the Earth greatly.
18 March 19 March Turn off lights or Turn off your fans when not appliances. needed. If away for an hour When entering a or so, switch off room for something, your appliances like switch on only one TV or computers. light. Only if really Even on energyrequired put on saver or sleep more. Switch off mode, they what is not required. consume electricity! 25 March 26 March Reduce the flush. Wash vessels with care. Even if you have a water-saver flush, A tub with warm place a brick or a soapy water to rinse tightly corked bottle plates, dishes and of water in the flush cutlery will save tank. Every flush will litres daily. Another save that much tub with clean water more water. to rinse will save even more. 2 April Learn about alternate fuels. Today electric or hybrid vehicles are available that reduce carbon emissions. Perhaps you could make the choice.
20 March 21 March Switch off at the Run the washing mains. machine with cold water. Even after switching off the TV or AC or You will save power, computer, the little and today’s soaps red light still draws are quite capable of power. Switch off at washing clean the mains to save without the need for electricity. hot water!
27 March 28 March Shower wisely, Run the washing bathe well. machine at full load only. If using a shower, do not use it under You will save water, full power and turn soap as well as off when soaping. power if running the Fill a bucket three washing machine at fingers below the full load. Plus time, usual to save litres a precious resource! while bathing.
31 March 1 April Make any one Do a pressure journey check! environmentally friendly. If you have a personal vehicle, Share a ride, take check tyre pressure. the bus, walk to the Optimum tyre station, use the pressure saves fuel, train, give a lift to reducing CO2 someone. output.
3 April 4 April 5 April Find out local Observe speed Pedal your way stores. limits. around. Rather than driving long distances to a favourite store for a few items, buy them locally and save on the commute and fuel costs. Driving faster burns more fuel per kilometre plus increases the risk of accidents. Drive moderately and carefully. A bicycle will not only help you trim tummy flab and burn cholesterol, it will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
8 April 7 April 9 April The story of Carry a cloth bag Avoid pre-bottled Choose products Lazarus is one of everywhere. water. with less plastic new life and packaging. regeneration. A small lightweight Bottled water is no cloth bag is the ideal better than homeWhen shopping, opt Let us think of how companion. Politely filtered or boiled for products with plastics kill the Earth refuse a plastic bag water. Avoiding minimum plastic and so many of its when shopping buying bottled water wrap to minimise creatures. We can anywhere. prevents plastic plastic waste. do much to reduce waste. this menace.
10 April 11 April 12 April Collect plastic Petition local Green celebrations waste at home. leaders. make a difference. Rather than disposing of plastic waste, collect it and sell it to the recycler. You will get some income and plastic will not end up in landfills. Use community pressure on leaders to get shops and vendors to replace plastic bags with greener alternatives. Decide to use nondisposable plates, cutlery and glasses for home and office celebrations.
13 April 14 April 15 April 16 April 17 April 18 April 19 April Palm Sunday Wipe with cloth, Print only what is Print on both sides Use water, not Segregate your Organise a litterreminds us of how not paper. essential. of the paper. paper. garbage. free community green branches programme. welcomed Jesus. Decide to use cloth Don’t waste paper Many printers have Avoid paper toilet Separate bins for handkerchiefs and and ink printing the double-side print rolls wherever dry and wet waste Get together to pick Spend some time napkins instead of jokes and forwards! option. Use it to possible. Water and will enable paper up paper and plastic reflecting on how paper tissues and Print what is print matter on both soap is more waste to be sold for litter in your our excessive use of paper napkins. essential; the rest sides to avoid paper hygienic and you recycling rather than community. You will paper results in tree can be saved for over-use. will reduce paper ending up in have a cleaner area and forest loss, reference. waste. landfills. and can sell the preventing CO2 waste to recyclers. absorption. 20 April Lent is a time of conversion and change. If the 40 days of Carbon Fast have been a time of reflection and realisation, we will also Easter Sunday is a discover the power to change every day so that we become true Earth-Savers. celebration of life. More than that, if we have put some of these changes in our lives, then like the apostles, we must spread the good news – that the new Rejoice that you are life of Easter is possible for everyone who cares about the Earth, and that it requires a multitude of small, doable steps to make an Earth-Saver, concrete and measureable change happen. giving life to the beautiful Earth that A couple of helpful websites for reference: provides for all our http://www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com/reduce.htm, https://www.carbonfund.org/reduce needs. End your Carbon Fast by pledging to live green always.
This Lenten Calendar is being provided by the Office for Environment, Archdiocese of Bombay with inspiration from various sources.
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