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fetscherDear Family,
Did you know that you are biodegradable? Ashes to ashes; dust to dust. That’s what we were and that’s what we will be.  The nice thing about being biodegradable is that ultimately you are still contributing to the nature which spawned you. It kind of gives a deeper meaning to fertilizer, no pun intended.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about many of the things we use from day to day. Plastics in huge amounts come to mind.

If you want to have some very troubling moments about what your kids and grandkids are going to inherit from us, simply go to the internet and type in Covering Climate Now or Ocean Pollution – and that’s just for starters.

The reason I was looking at these issues was because last week I said I would say something about our desire to use biodegradable materials for parish events. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.

It was a very short step from plastics vs. biode¬gradable dishes and utensils to what is happening to our world. I like to think I am relatively aware of current events. Turns out, while I stew about politics, the planet is in huge trouble. So much for my current events grade.

After a while, the sheer volume of statistics about both those issues was bowling me over. I came away wondering, “What can I do?” It’s very easy to say. “It’s above my pay grade. I’ll wait for someone else to do it. Besides, I’m getting too old for this sort of thing.”

Well, it must begin with what I can do. SO, for starters, the Big Kahuna hereby requests/begs/orders/cajoles the parish community to take advantage of the pantry which we have established with biodegradable cups, saucers, plates, forks, knives, straws, etcetera.

Each parish organization can have a page in a notebook we will keep in the kitchen. I ask that you write down how much of the common pantry supplies you are using. Periodically, we can total what you used and perhaps you can reimburse us. Annie did some good shopping. If you can’t reimburse us from the events or organization, we’ll swallow it. The point is there will be no reason whatever for folks to use anything other than those biodegradable supplies.

If you find something biodegradable that is fancier for this or that occasion, go for it, but I want to see the label first!

(If we ever pull off a kitchen, one good thing will be a dishwasher that lets us use real stuff instead of paper.)

Recycling things of course is very worthwhile, but as I read, I began to suspect that ultimately that really isn’t the big solution when it comes to plastics. I’ll let you do your own research on that, but I think I got the drift correctly. You can find many spin-offs from the two topics I suggested.

With the help of the Pastoral Council, I’d like to pull together a small group of folk who can contribute to our operations when it comes to wise energy use and the kinds of things that generally improve our environments.

What else did God intend when he gave us – mankind – dominion over the earth? “...fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.” God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food.” Gen 1:28-29. Go read the whole first chapter of Genesis and perhaps you’ll understand why I’m writing this Twitch in 2019.

In Jesus,
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