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October 6 - October 27, 2021

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  • Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/27/2021 8:02 PM
    Hi, Fred!  The Episcopal footprint calculator is called "Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home."  The link is https://www.sustainislandhome.org/.  I haven't studied it yet, but on first glance, one interesting feature is that congregations are encouraged to sign up teams and it's a way to measure collective impact as a faith community.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

    Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/27/2021 7:56 PM
    In Greater Cincinnati, our landfill is next to Winton Terrace, which has a lot of people of color living in poverty.  They are also exposed to exhaust from traffic on I-75

  • Barbara Burke's avatar
    Barbara Burke 10/27/2021 7:00 PM
    Bought tickets to visit the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL.  Making plans to bike a portion of the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail.

  • Barbara Burke's avatar
    Barbara Burke 10/27/2021 6:54 PM
    Making extra effort to recycle junk mail and donate household goods and clothing that I don't need.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Mike Eck's avatar
    Mike Eck 10/27/2021 1:14 PM
    The season is over.  New cycle begins in the spring
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Mike Eck's avatar
    Mike Eck 10/27/2021 1:12 PM
    Be in the garden every day.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Research Voter Suppression
    What are the ways in which voters are prohibited from or discouraged from voting in your region and/or state? What could be done to get rid of these barriers?

    Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:23 PM
    Barriers and deterrents include having to provide voter ID, including bills that require two forms for absentee voting, and Ohio's prohibiting counties from having ballot and registration drop boxes in multiple locations. I have been advocating on this problem for years. One path is the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act at the Federal level which sets a national standard for convenience of voter registration, two weeks of early voting, and protections against purging of eligible voters from the rolls.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:20 PM
    World Overshoot Day is a marker of the date in which our emissions and consumption overshoot the planet's capacity. This year it happened in mid-summer.  Obviously the climate crisis is because of our imbalance: that we are using more resources and polluting so much that the planet can't absorb our impact without severe consequences. The acidification and warming of the oceans, melting of glaciers, and deforestation are signs of this imbalance, as are the increasing multitude of climate refugees.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Many people say that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” How would you respond to that statement?

    Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:17 PM
    Fertilizer and pesticide runoff are endangering the bodies of water on which we all depend to live.  I think the "Green Revolution" of the second half of the 20th century made farmers in Africa and Asia heavily dependent on chemical inputs that cost them a lot of money.  Traditional and new sustainable farming methods could make their input costs more affordable and sustainable and protect their land and water supplies.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Offset for Climate Justice
    What did you learn from the resources? What did you discover from the offset calculator?

    Ariel Miller's avatar
    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:14 PM
    I was shocked to learn how big my carbon footprint was before the pandemic because of air travel. This week I learned about a calculator developed by an Episcopal diocese which I will be sharing with Episcopalians I work with regionally and nationally.