Cut the Lights!

Eco-inspiration: “An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits. (Growing) up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence makes it difficult to develop other habits. We are faced with an educational challenge.” (Laudato Si, #209)

Eco-tip:  Did you know that lighting represents the biggest energy drain in the average American household and business? All the more reason to get into the habit of turning off the lights whenever you exit a room. Make the most of natural light during the day by placing mirrors and other reflective objects near windows to catch the light and diffuse it throughout your home or apartment. After dark, be mindful of the lighting you do use. Consider installing dimmer switches to regulate lighting.

Eco-reflection / discussion / action: Consider this week’s inspiration with care. In light of your reflection, ask yourself these two questions: What are my new habits? How do we teach for this new reality in our schools?

Battleship Rock, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA

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