This page lists regular tips from our CreationWise committee to help members learn more about how we can be better stewards of God’s resources. Check back often for updates.
CreationWise Tip for July 2017
We need to ensure that faithful climate action continues in spite of the current administration’s climate denial and inaction. Continue to find ways to reduce your energy footprint by keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees during summer, and walking, biking, and taking MARTA whenever possible. These small acts, when done by all, will add up. (from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light)
No More Ants!
Use ground cinnamon to keep ants out of your house. This simple trick relies on disrupting the pheromone trail (chemicals released by animals and insects that affect behavior), which ants depend on to navigate. If you don’t like the smell of cinnamon, try these other natural remedies: citrus, vinegar, peppermint, or coffee grounds.
Drop the Straws
Over 500,000 plastic straws are used each day in the US. They can’t be recycled, and many end up on beaches and in the ocean. For those with physical issues that require the use of straws, they’re fine. But for the rest of us, drop the straws.
(Source: Treehugger, March)
Compost at Oakhurst!
As many of you know, Sugar Creek Garden is adjacent to the rear parking lot of Oakhurst Presbyterian. How many of you know that you have an opportunity to bring your raw veggie scraps from your kitchen here for composting? Instructions are clearly posted at the garden. Here is a recap:
Put raw veggie and fruit scraps in bin #1. Chop up large veggies and fruits to ensure they break down. Remember, no egg shells or meat products are allowed.
Cover food scraps with straw or dry leaves from the bin directly across, making sure they are well covered.
Join us by bringing your veggie scraps to the Sugar Creek Garden at Oakhurst. What an exciting hands on learning opportunity for our children to join in composting and enriching God’s green earth!
Someone Is Watching
It’s SUMMERTIME, school’s out, and many families are planning beach vacations. I have always loved the beach and am saddened when I see strings, fragments of plastic wrappers and balloons, straws, cigarette butts, etc. on the lovely beach. With a bag in hand, I cannot resist picking up the litter.
Having been to a Marine Science Center and seeing extremely sick turtles who have ingested the trash we leave, Ivagain question, “What are we doing? Can we make a difference?” YES, indeed! As I was picking up trash one day, a mother noticed and started picking up litter, too. I overheard her using this occasion as a teachable moment for her young child.
Let’s enjoy our beaches, pick up our litter, always remembering that what we do affects the health of sea turtles and other sea creatures, as well. We can set an example. Someone may be watching!!” – Ginny Merritt
The Case for LED
From Ben Girard: Lighting is an important component of energy consumption in the home. Just one incandescent 60 watt bulb in use for 8 hours/day costs an average of $20/year. A comparable 13 watt CFL uses 78% less power. Additionally, heat gain from incandescent lighting drives up air conditioning bills during the summer.
Although they are the most expensive choice, LED bulbs are the most efficient type of bulb. However, their cost has come down rapidly in recent years. LED’s and CFL’s come in various light shades and now includes 3 way dimmers. The EnergyStar Program run by the Environmental Protection Agency website states that if each U.S. home replaced one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent, the energy savings would be able to light 3 million homes and reduce greenhouse gas emission equal to that of 800,000 cars. It’s estimated that if every home in the U.S. replaced five incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 trillion pounds, an energy savings of around $6 billion.
Proper disposal of CFL bulbs is important. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury (less than 1% of the amount of mercury found in old thermometers) which makes the broken bulbs a hazard to homeowners and sanitation workers. Home Depot, Lowes and Ikea all accept non-working bulbs for disposal and recycling.
Coffee Mug Project
The youth are teaming up with CreationWise to encourage folks to use mugs instead of paper cups. You can pick up your free mug in the Fellowship Hall on April 17 after church. You are responsible for washing your mug and placing it in the beautiful cabinet Dave Hess has built for us.
Beekeepers Protest Oakhurst Mural
The bee mural in Harmony Park has some local beekeepers worried. The mural is part of the “Feed a Bee” initiative sponsored by Bayer, a company accused of manufacturing a pesticide that’s killing honeybee populations (a potential threat to food crops). Some see the mural as Bayer “greenwashing” to direct attention from damage caused by their product. Check out the links below for more information and consider sending an e-mail to Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett (Patti.Garrett@decaturga.com) to express your concern.
Oakhurst Resident Speaks Out Against Bayer Bee Mural
Bayer Revises Position To Propose Extra Protections for Bees (The Guardian, 1/12/2016)
The EPA Finally Admitted That the World’s Most Popular Pesticide Kills Bees—20 Years Too Late
Accused of Harming Bees, Bayer Researches a Different Culprit (New York Times, 12/11/2013)
Is Bayer Harming Bees? (beecharmers.org)