Back in January when the power of the sun’s rays was considerably less oppressive, a large crowd of people, including myself and several parishioners, attended the Northfield Area Climate Summit at St. Olaf College. Meteorologist Paul Douglas gave an excellent presentation on the reality of global warming, the forecast if consumption of fossil fuels continues unchecked at the current rate, and hope for the future of our planet if the necessary steps are taken to decrease the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
Following the presentation I spoke with Charles Stark, representative for All Energy Solar in the Northfield area, about the possibility of installing solar energy collector panels on one or more of our buildings here at St. Dominic.
I am inviting all interested parishioners to join Kathleen Doran Norton (who was present at the St. Olaf event and will be attending a national conference on climate change and heading up efforts here at St. Dominic) and me for a hot dog cookout following the 5 p.m. Mass next Saturday, July 19th… a good way to move the discussion to the front burner. Individuals and families are welcome. If you plan to be present, please give Kathleen a call so we can know how many hot dogs to prepare. Too bad we don’t have a solar cooker…yet.