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40/40 Earth Day Challenge

Are you ready to take the 40/40 challenge? Here are three steps to take.

  • ACT. Take one small or large action on each of the 40 days, starting Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012 through May 31, 2012.
  • REFLECT. Each day, call (828) REV-NATE to leave a message archiving your experience (you can call 24/7). We'll share your message on this audio blog.
  • RESPOND. Then Listen to others talk about their experiences and use the comment box below to type an encouraging reply.

That's it! Let the games begin. I'm looking forward to learning from you all. Peace, Rev. Nate

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Comment by Daniel Widyono on May 31, 2012 at 12:26pm

Even after today, the last day of the 40/40 challenge, my family will continue to take a moment of grace before every meal together.  We have not succeeded in doing so all 40 days, but the effort has built up a momentum which we have found to enrich our time together, and our appreciation for what we have, and those in our lives.  The most uplifting moment for me during these meals together was when we nearly forgot to say grace at one meal, and it was my son Vincent who reminded us.  It is a blessing to be in the company of love, gratitude, and earnest faith in each other.

Comment by Lora Thornburg on May 3, 2012 at 10:58am

Forgot to mention my favorite activity so far.  On Tuesday, I spent 3 wonderful hours in the woods cleaning up trash along Crum Creek.

Comment by Lora Thornburg on May 3, 2012 at 9:12am

The high points for days 6-11:   the whole family's been eating breakfast together; planted veggie seeds (Swiss chard) in the garden for the first time in 3 years; received the first CSA delivery of the season!!!

Comment by Mark DeCourval on April 30, 2012 at 7:39pm

Think that I have successfully left Diet Coke for Diet Green Tea - now to find unsweetened Green Tea - diet is a little too sweet for me.

Also glad to have  participated in Reconcilement and Peace Walk.

Comment by Mark DeCourval on April 28, 2012 at 4:09pm

Soy milk versus almond milk - have always done soy but now see more of you all are going almond - be interested why the choice made.

Comment by Mark DeCourval on April 28, 2012 at 4:07pm

Nate - Thanks for the "heads up" on Alternative Outfitters was not aware such an option was available.

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 27, 2012 at 5:15pm

Martha, thanks for organizing the Sustainable Harvest event on Sunday. Sorry to miss it but look forward to hearing all about it. Cheers, Nate

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 27, 2012 at 5:14pm

Here's a first. On the first day of Earth Day challenge my partner challenged me to buy vegan shoes and a vegan wallet from Alternative Outfitters. Well, they arrived. And look, you can't even tell the difference. It feels to be in a supportive relationship and a supportive community that's helping me think about my purchasing power. It's been fun voting with my fork and voting with my dollar. Happy day.

Comment by Martha Copithorne on April 27, 2012 at 9:23am

Director Learn about sustainable agriculture in Central America on Sunday at 12:30 pm at First U.  Justin Trezza, the Field Program Director for Sustainable Harvest International will talk about the exciting work of SHI.  

Comment by Martha Copithorne on April 27, 2012 at 9:18am

Martha made a delicious bean and grain salad for lunch - black beans and millet.

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 26, 2012 at 9:51am

Way to go, Lora. If helpful, check out www.veganchocolate.com.

Comment by Lora Thornburg on April 26, 2012 at 8:54am

Day 5: The new breakfast routine is going so well, that I've decided to take on another challenge - no chocolate for 40 days. This will be tough!

Comment by Mark DeCourval on April 26, 2012 at 5:42am

My vice - This is not easy for me but I know it is the ultimate junk food and contains a long list of ingredients that I cannot even pronounce - so not more Ring Dings for forty - who knows - may be able to give them up permanently.

Comment by Lora Thornburg on April 25, 2012 at 7:53pm

Day 3 (4/24): ate breakfast w/ B again; bought fair-trade organic coffee and bulk organic brown rice.

Day 4 (4/25): Mother-son breakfast again; added coffee grounds, veggie scraps, and shredded fall leaves to the compost.

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 24, 2012 at 10:38pm

Sounds like a great talk, Peggy. Feel free to leave any links to his work here. Happy Earth Day continuation!

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 24, 2012 at 9:27pm
Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 24, 2012 at 9:04pm

Day 3. Fiber cereal with almond milk. Lunch, vegan-chicken mango chutney pancake from Philadelphia Chutney Co. with diet green tea Snapple, glass bottle. I asked for no cheese but it came with some sprinkled on top. I didn't return it, so it became my one non-vegan dish. Snacks: nut trail mix and Madeline orange (from CA, oops). Dinner: yummy Indian food leftovers. A day of flavorful dishes.

Comment by Justine Hansen on April 24, 2012 at 8:29pm

Today we walked to school and I took septa to work. Landon actually is starting to really love the Almond milk. I'll start buying it regularly, though I am concerned that it doesn't have the same protein as cow's milk. Much better in terms of fat and calcium though. The boys picked-up task outside after school and I served a meat-free dinner. 

Comment by Former Settled Minister on April 24, 2012 at 11:51am

Nice job, Julie. Here's a clip to help you with your Bacon ban: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iO6kAdwU9E. It's an excellent example of the intersectionality of oppressions related to immigrants and the bacon business. Lots to ponder, indeed.

Comment by Julie Orts on April 24, 2012 at 10:23am

Day 3 with no bacon (it is usually part of my breakfast routine and one of the only processed meat products that I eat with any regularity) and also thinking more about food production (and specifically meat) by reading Singer and Mason's The Way We Eat:  Why Our Food Choices Matter.   Lots to ponder...

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