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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

On December 7, Sisters from the Congregation of Notre Dame and the School Sisters of Notre Dame hosted a Vigil Prayer as a part of the follow-up to the Climate March. This VigilforLima, explained in an earlier intranet posting, was an important step in our carrying out our primary Justice Goal for the year 2014-15. It provided a concrete expression of our desire to be in solidarity with all around the globe who are committed to reverse climate change. I want to invite you to a few other steps. Many of the sisters have received your copy of Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion. I wanted you to have it available for Advent Prayer. The booklet’s use is self-explanatory. I am working with Sr. Joan to plan a good way to get them out to Associates. The booklets are a wonderful call to prayer and reflection. Believing we should walk on two feet in our journey of responsible care for Creation, I am including a few of the practical steps I gleaned from participating in Greenfaith’s Energy Webinars and some individual steps suggested by All are both practical and doable choices for individual action.

I know no one of us can do everything, but each one of us can do something. In the New Year, I plan to send out a survey so we can gather information on what we have done as a Province to address Climate Change.

  1. PRIMARY RECOMMENDATION: Install 7 day programmable thermostats and establish reasonable setbacks. A setback is the temperature setting for when the building is not occupied. Recommended 45 in winter and 85 in summer. For convents and residences, use of zones and reasonable setback seem the best possibility. (Note 7 day thermostats are better than 5+2 or 5+1+1 thermostats.) Check for vulnerable pipes and wrap them. Change/clean filters monthly.
  1. Lights - take note of any light on for more than 15 hours a week. Those are the ones which bring the most benefit if you change them. LED bulbs are more costly but they use 90% less energy and can last for years. - look for sales- begin with one - use realized savings to purchase another.
  1. Water heater - check size, if bigger than 40 gal, it is too big! Check temperature setting – no higher than 110 degrees. If installed before 2004, consider covering with an insulation blanket. Consider insulating first 3 feet of pipe out of all water heaters

I have additional suggestions available on request, including good ones

for schools and other parish buildings.

Join Fast for the Climate: The Fast for the Climate campaign is an interfaith initiative bringing people of different faiths to fast, as a spiritual exercise, in solidarity with the victims of climate change. ClimateFast invites you to consider fasting one day per month to draw attention to the urgency of climate action. This could be a food fast or a carbon fast. Those of us who Fast on the 1st are doing so in solidarity with the International Fast for the Climate. Visit here to sign on to fast.

Join us in praying that world leaders act with compassion and courage to reach an agreement that will protect our children and our planet.

Creator God, You have called us to be keepers of your Earth; through greed, we have established an economy that destroys the web of life. We have changed our climate and drown in despair. Let oceans of justice flow, may we learn to sustain and renew the life of our Mother Earth. We pray for our leaders, custodians of Mother Earth; as they gather in Lima at the climate talks may they negotiate with wisdom and fairness, may they act with compassion and courage, and lead us in the path of justice for the sake of our children and our children’s children. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

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