Creation Care Task Force continued some of the programs that had been started previously. The produce sharing table usually has some homegrown fruit or vegetables to share. The recycling program and the green waste program have continued with members of the group taking the containers out to the curb on Sundays for Monday pickup.
We participated in the Alternative Christmas Fair and raised money for trees.
We co-sponsored Susan Emmerich as a speaker in an after church event. The topic regarded fisherman trying to make a living in the overfished and polluted Chesapeake Bay. Susan is a devout and sincere Christian looking to find concrete ways for humans to have long term survival in at times, overused Creation. She is currently working with a “Detroit” like town, to bring community life and meaning back into our poorest cities.
In the late spring we sponsored an all day event, led by Steve Salyards, which explored the San Andreas fault, between Gorman and Valyermo. Also, included a stop at a Benedictine Monastery and a hike.
We also sponsored a docent led excursion into Rancho Santa Ana Botanical gardens.
For the rest of the year we are planning on a wetlands planting/clean up at Bolsa Chica wetlands. The least tern bird almost went extinct in California, but has made a come back at these wetlands from about 10 pair, up to now several thousand seasonal pairs.
We also sponsored a one day “individual” retreat at the nearby Benedictine Monastery, open to all church members.
Our meetings include many discussions of the condition of the earth, especially in reference to poorer humans, that try to eke out a living and the affect of disrupted environments, including drinking water, and what various groups are doing to help.
For the coming year we looking to provide more hiking opportunities, training on low use gardens, beach clean up, some more adventures, and possible work on local hiking trails.
Members of the group are Brian Ebersole, Nick Laushkin, Marge Lentz, Jane Riggs, Marguerite Shuster, and Vern Visick.