Shuck and Jive

Monday, October 29, 2007

Become a Carbon Conscious Consumer

First Presby, Beth has taken the pledge to reduce her carbon footprint. She invites you to join her:

I don't usually recruit like this, but since we're pretty much in agreement on the issue, thought I'd pass this "opportunity" along! beth

Did you know you can reduce your carbon footprint, preserve our water resources, save money and give yourself a chance at some great prizes in one simple step? It’s a win-win situation for you, the community and the ecosystem…and you can win a free condo for a week at a ski resort in Sun Valley.

What do you have to do? Just fill out the pledge form at and then fill up your reusable water bottle. It’s that easy. You’ll be doing your part to reduce the 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide produced in the manufacture of plastic bottles for the US consumption last year. Imagine saving the energy equivalent of a quarter bottle of oil for every bottled water you would have consumed—not to mention the money!

As an added bonus, after you take the pledge you'll get a coupon towards a reusable water bottle to help you get started.

Visit the C3 site to sign up and then tell your friends: you could win a free condo for a week at a ski resort in Idaho or one of several other terrific prizes.

Bottled water is often marketed as being purer than other water. In the U.S., however, tap water is more closely regulated than bottled water, while as much as 40% of commercially available water starts out as tap water. While bottled water can cost as much as $10 a gallon, when you consider that only about 12% of the plastic is recycled, the environmental expenses associated with a momentary convenience are far greater and long-lasting.

Help break the bottled water habit and sign up today!

Thank You for Making a Difference,


  1. · 9.1 Carbon dioxide emissions
    The fact that our nearest star is growing hotter than any previously recorded observations is the sole cause of our present climactic changes. Knowing the incredible resilience of God’s creation, it is dubious that any of man’s action is the culprit of our present warming.
    And, it is only the arrogance of man to think that (he) can in any way effect the climactic systems of this planet, when God has seen fit to give the planet a built-in breathing mechanism i.e. the ozone hole which opens and closes as needed dependent upon the amount of gases to be vented.
    · 9.2 Methane emissions
    The vast amount of life on the planet of which man is a very (small) part, is the overwhelming cause of much of the emission noted to the contribution to the warming of the planet, let us not forget that the planet itself emits vast amounts of methane i.e. caves, volcanoes, forests, and the ocean.
    · 9.3 Policy and advocacy
    The geo-political agenda is to impose upon man the belief that it is (he) who is the destroyer of the environment, which is to make man more powerful than the creator (Himself) who has made provision for all of the Earth climactic needs weather hospitable or inhospitable to human kind.
    It is a ploy to cause man to act out of guilt and not out of kindness to the Father’s creation. Which is an act of manipulation, and therefore a sin. Our husbandry of the planet is a divine calling of our Father and not a civic duty as it is presented in the present political climate.
    Shame on the minister’s who have bought in to the belief that Global Warming is a civic duty, and not our husbandry of the Earth as our divine responsibility of dominion over what God has given to us.
    Opposing Scientists

  2. So Rev., you won't be taking the pledge then?

  3. Only the arrogance of man would cause us to think we could in any way affect the climate or environment (tosses another plastic bottle in the landfill...). Stewardship of the environment is a sin if viewed as a civic duty? that is some nutty talk. Fruit-filled nutty talk wrapped in plastic.

    I don't pretend to have all the answers to global warming, but this sort of argument basically endorses doing nothing, which may turn out to be a huge mistake. Most do-nothing advocates cite the potential harm to the American economy if we made changes too fast relating to carbon emissions. Harming the economy for environmental reasons may be a sin too and cause participants to be left behind...

    I'll take the's my civic duty.

  4. WOW. The Ozone Hole is actually there to let all the CO2 out? Stick to yer day job, Rev.

    I think that Earth stewardship fits in nicely with Presbyterian theology. Yes, God is all-powerful, but God tends to leave us just enough rope to hang ourselves. We were entrusted with an incredibly precious, irreplaceable gift: this fragile planet. If we (those who advocate responsible environmental policy) are right and you (who think it's nothing to worry about) are wrong, where else exactly are we going to go? How will we face our Creator having destroyed his Creation?

    All people of all faiths MUST come together and be responsible stewards of God's gift.

  5. More specifically to John's original post, our church's Environmental Action Committee (of which I am one of the original members) successfully got the church office to switch from individual water bottles to the large (reusable) cooler types and biodegradable paper cups. In my office, we have "tankless" coolers that refrigerate and filter the water at the touch of a button. I use coffee mugs at work, and I've just installed some LED counter lighting in my kitchen (which is not only cool-looking, it will also save me money that would otherwise go to Georgia Power).

    These are all little tiny things, I know. But if millions or even billions of people each do a dozen little things, it will add up to a huge impact. Faith the size of a mustard seed and such.

    John, if you haven't already, you may want to show the documentary "Kilowatt Ours" at your church (we just did). It's an excellent look at electricity production and consumption (and conservation) in the Southeastern US, produced by a filmmaker in Nashville.