Issue: GLOBAL WARMING
The spring ice thaw
in the Northern Hemisphere occurs 9 days earlier than it did 150
years ago, and the fall freeze now typically starts 10 days later.
The 1990s was the warmest decade since the mid-1800s,
when record-keeping started. The hottest years recorded: 1998, 2002,
2003, 2001, and 1997.
• The multinational Arctic
Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) report recently concluded that
in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia, average temperatures
have increased as much as 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees
Celsius) in the past 50 years. The rise is nearly twice the global
average. In Barrow, Alaska (the U.S.'s northernmost city) average
temperatures are up over 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.5 to 3 degrees
Celsius) in 30 years.
The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that global temperatures will
rise an additional 3 to10 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 to 5.5 degrees
Celsius) by century's end. (Source:
National Geographic Society)
We pledge to:
about global warming and international agreements concerning global
Network with Dominican Ecological Centers,
and collaborate with
Lobby legislators to sponsor
bills limiting pollution and greenhouse
Foster investments in environmentally
sound companies and consider
refusing to patronize the worse offenders;
our congregations/provinces to conduct an energy audit and
implement the recommendations;
alternative sources of energy, i.e. solar panels,
alternatives, e.g. hybrid cars, public
transportation, car pooling; utilize conference calls and other
technologies, when appropriate.
Re-emphasize our commitment to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Things you can do:
Congress to get serious about ending America's addiction to fossil
Besides causing gas prices to soar, America's oil addiction is sapping
our nation's economic strength, threatening our national security
and exacerbating global warming. Urge Congress to help pass oil
savings legislation and put us on a clean path to oil independence.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.
Inflate Your Tires
Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Check them monthly.
Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 per year.
Fill the Dishwasher
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon
dioxide and $40 per year.