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Plenty of talk about the weather, but not much on climate

The weather is our nation’s favorite topic for small talk, and there’s been plenty to discuss in this year of record-setting temperatures, wildfires, drought and storms.

Yet when it comes to talking about the larger, long-term implications of the weather – that is, climate change – our leaders shy away from the issue. The economy is the top issue on many Americans’ minds this fall, and rightly so. But we understand that when a majority of the nation’s counties are declared disaster areas and farmers lose crops due to widespread drought, there’s a direct tie between disruptive weather, jobs and even our food supply.

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Central Presbyterian in Atlanta Goes Solar

Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta is the latest Georgia congregation to go solar. The church mounted two sets of solar thermal collectors last April on the rooftops of the Campbell-Egan and Oglesby buildings.

This installation is made possible by the Grants to Green program of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. It will take care of Central's substantial hot water needs, including hot water for Central’s main kitchen, which provides daily meals for the Child Development Center and Sunday lunch for the congregation; the Central Night Shelter, including water for the kitchen, showers, and clean towels for shelter guests; and hand washing and other general use by Central staff and visitors 7 days a week throughout the church.

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Stuff:

In ancient times our ancestors made or purchased idols to which they could bow in devotion.  Archaeologists find these idols when they unearth ancient communities.

We twenty-first century souls have our idols, too.  We call them Stuff.  They begin as necessities -- basic clothing, pieces of art or decoration, furniture or automobiles or toys.  We need some of these things.  The rest is Stuff.

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Just Breathe

 

 

Most of us are gearing up for a relaxing holiday weekend, thanks to our forefathers (and mothers) who founded this country and gave us cause to celebrate our independence.  If you are like me, you'll relish in the extra time to linger with family and friends at a picnic or neighborhood parade or watching the night sky all a-glow with sparkling fireworks (or even just fireflies). You may find yourself breathing a little more easily because of the relaxed pace of the extended weekend. But that deep breath may come not so easily for some, literally.

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