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6 Reasons Christians Should Care About Climate Change

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Recently the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on the state of global climate change. Things are not looking good to say the least. You can easily look up the report and read it for yourself. At the rate we're going, we have about 12 years to come together as a global community and turn things around.

It's almost time to hit the panic button.

Mike McHargue released an episode of his podcast "Ask Science Mike" this week discussing the report and what we can/should do about it. I highly recommend giving it a listen (begin at about the 5:38 mark). It's upsetting to me that we could be experiencing the catastrophic effects of global warming within our lifetime. We're not just talking about the distant future of our grandchildren's grandchildren. We are talking about a couple of decades from now.



When I was younger I remember hearing people in the church shrug off the warnings of global warming. I would hear things li…

Easy Green Tip of the Week

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Since having a kid, it seems our laundry has increased many times over. Which is fine now, but a few months ago, it was driving us crazy! Which leads me to this week's eco-tip:

Clean Out Your Dryer Vent

Our dryer was broken. Or so we thought. It was taking close to 2 hours to dry a load of wet clothes! It was frustrating to no end.

Then one day I got the bright idea to check the hose. It was fine. But the vent was being choked up by about an inch thick layer of lint. Doh!

Long story short, it took about ten minutes to correct a problem that had been driving us crazy for months. We were just a couple laundry days from going all "Office Space" on that dryer.

Crisis averted. We are no longer wasting loads of energy and loads of time just to dry a load of laundry. You can have all the energy stars you want on your dryer, but if the vent is clogged, it won't make a lick of difference.

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, take ten minutes to check your dryer vent. I…

Easy Green Tip of the Week

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Bottled Water? Really?

In my opinion, there is no greater testament to the convenience-oriented, consumeristic society in which we live than bottled water. It's easy, it's cheap, it's disposable, and it's much better for you than sodas, right?

It's water, folks!

I will admit, before I give the wrong impression, that if I am out and I get thirsty, I will buy the occasional bottle. But you won't see my wife and me at the grocery store lugging 24 packs into our cart. Most of the time, the water from your tap is just as clean and filtered, if not more so, than your average bottle of water. In fact, many times it is bottled straight from municipal water sources! These companies are charging literally thousands of times the cost of tap water, for the same product.

Don't even get me started on the damage done to the water table and the amount of plastic that winds up in the ocean because of the bottled water craze....

In the documentary Tapped, a spokesman for Dasani i…

Easy Green Tip of the Week

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[Insert obligatory reference about Spring here]


Eco-Solutions: Spring Cleaning Edition


My wife is pretty amazing...make that pretty and amazing. She is always looking for ways to save us time and money. Now that we have a little person in our house that can't read warning labels yet (not to mention two VERY curious cats), she has been finding ways to make our home safer.


So let's hold on a second before bringing out the big guns for your Spring Cleaning. My wife has recently shared a link on her Facebook page which gives step-by-step instructions on making your own cheap, effective, and non-toxic cleaning kit.


The instructions are provided here at Care2 Make a Difference. You can make your own soft scrub (great in the bathrooms), your own all-purpose spray (awesome at cleaning up messy counter tops), window cleaner, etc.


Now you can freshen up your home without worry. Baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, and dish soap are the main ingredients in most of the products. Completely safe…

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Water-Saving Shower Heads

I love a nice, steamy shower almost any time of the day. However, apartment living has basically forces us to endure small, inefficient water heaters. So a couple weeks ago, we decided to upgrade to this:


It's the EcoFlow by WaterPik. It has several different settings, including a "Water Saving Trickle," which actually has more pressure behind it than our old shower head. On the "trickle" setting, it sprays 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm). That's down from 2.5 gpm with our last one.

It may not seem like that great of a difference, but over a 10 minute shower, you end up saving 5 gallons of water. Since both my wife and I take showers almost every day, that turns into a 10 gallon savings each day. This quickly adds up to 3,650 gallons of water per year! This $20 shower head should pay for itself in no time.

But if you want to save even more on your water and electric bill, there are shower heads that shoot as little as .5 gpm! I haven'…

In the Garden

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In case you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you've probably noticed that there is a big push to "Go Green." Environmentalism has entered into mainstream pop culture. Now with oil prices on the rise and sky-high energy prices, more and more people are jumping on the eco-train. And why not? Using less energy = saving more dollars.

What's more, Americans are becoming more aware of the long-term environmental impact that everyday decisions can have. Global warming has become a household term and a serious concern for many people. We understand now that if we continue on the same track, there won't be much of an earth left for our grandchildren to enjoy.

This is all good in my opinion. The only unfortunate part about this whole green revolution is that it has begun and is primarily sustained from a secular angle.

Let me explain. In response to the whole global warming issue, I've heard many Christians scoff, brush it off, and say that it…

Easy Green Tip for the Week

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I just want to start off by saying that we are not perfect. I will not judge you if you have not converted to the CFL bulbs or if you don't compost your dinner scraps.


I want to do these segments just as one family to another. We have been slowly taking steps to become more eco-friendly, which in turn is often bank-account-friendly, too! These are just some easy, simple, inexpensive steps that my family is taking to become more green.
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Easy Green Tip for the Week:


RECYCLE


I know it's a bit cliche, but this is one of the easiest things to do! If you can throw garbage in the trash can, you can recycle. If you know the difference between plastic, paper, and metal, you can recycle. If you remove garbage bags from your home on a regular basis, you can recycle.



It's a good feeling to know that we haven't thrown a milk jug in the dumpster in over two years. You will be amazed at just the shear volume of garbage you used to throw away. We never realized how much paper…