Creation Care was formed to raise the awareness of MPB parishioners:
- That our love to our Creator and our communion with Creation are essential parts of our faith.
- That we cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention to both the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.
- That it is manifestly unjust that we, a privileged few, should accumulate excess goods, squander available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the lowest level of subsistence.
Creation Care Ministry seeks: to promote the ideas of sustainability and the interdependence of all Creation; to engage our parish in reflection and to inspire action – so that we can face together the imperative environmental issues of our time.
Who are we?
We are parishioners of MPB with a variety of interests that focus on how our Catholic faith and traditions are tied to environmental, ecological and society issues within our family, community, state, nation and the world.
Encyclical letter of Pope Francis on the care of our common home. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/mpblaudatosi
Quarterly Creation Care events meetings are typically held the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This schedule may be modified as needed. Location during the construction of the new Parish Center will be announced in the Sunday bulletin. A variety of topics/issues are presented, followed by Q/A and discussion.
Monthly working meetings are scheduled the second Monday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for prayer, planning and preparation of on-going events and presentations. Creation Care invites those who are interested in this ministry to join us. Walk-ins to these meetings to observe or contribute ideas are welcome. Location of the monthly working meetings during the construction of the new Parish Center will be announced in the RCIA Room. Agendas for the monthly working meetings are available at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2021 Creation Care Tips and Messages for MPB Bulletin
January 3, 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR – Things can only start looking up! Speaking of looking up, have you noticed Denver’s brown cloud this winter? This month’s tips will focus on air quality. Let’s start with something we can easily do – reduce vehicle idling. MYTH: CO2 coming from my idling vehicle is insignificant to my health and the environment. FACT: One minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than the smoke from three packs of cigarettes. The toxic air pollutants emitted from idling can impair lungs and heart, and exhaust fumes have been linked to asthma, decreased lung function, and other serious health problems. Idling 1 car for just 5 minutes per day emits as many as 25 pounds of harmful air pollutants. Turn the key off when waiting in lines. (Source: EnginesOff.com)
January 10, 2021
Week 2 of air quality and idling. MYTH: Idling is good for my engine. FACT: An idling engine is not operating at its peak temperature, which means that fuel does not undergo complete combustion. This leaves fuel residue that can deposit on spark plugs and increase fuel consumption by up to 5%. Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle. Modern engines only need to warm up for 30 seconds on cold days. Furthermore, idling your car for several minutes before driving creates extra air pollution, since your car’s catalytic converter is not effective at reducing the pollution in your car’s exhaust until it is sufficiently hot— generally only after driving a few minutes. The best approach is to only idle for 30 seconds, and then just drive gently for the first few miles. (Source: EnginesOff.com)
January 17, 2021
Week 3 of air quality and idling. MYTH: Eliminating unnecessary idling won’t save me money. FACT: One hour of idling can burn up to one gallon of fuel. Most drivers end up wasting 1-2 tanks of fuel per year due to idling. Avoiding five minutes of idling each day can save $35-115 every year, depending on the size of your gas tank. (Source: EnginesOff.com)
January 24, 2021
Week 4 of air quality and idling. MYTH: It wastes more fuel to restart my engine than to keep it idling. FACT: For cars with fuel injection (which includes almost all vehicles built since the late 1980s), idling for even 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine. In fact, Ford Motor Company recommends that drivers “turn the engine off when stopped for more than 30 seconds to save fuel and reduce exhaust emission.” Of course, we do not advocate turning your engine off while waiting in normal traffic. That’s not a safe opportunity to prevent idling. (Source: EnginesOff.com)
January 31, 2021
Week 5 of air quality and idling. EXCEPTIONS FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURE: Many idling regulations include exemptions for the cold temperatures that are common in Colorado’s cold winters. For example, the City & County of Denver’s idling ordinance provides exemptions if the ambient temperature has been 20 degrees or colder for the last 24 hours or 10 degrees or colder for the last hour – but this generally occurs only 10-15 days per winter.