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The Eternal Optimist - Diane Carleton

Several years ago, a member of Woodland Park Presbyterian (WPP) in Seattle, Wash., introduced Diane Carleton to Earth Ministry. “I saw the Greening Congregations Program and brought it up at church.” WPP is now in the process to become a Greening Congregation.

Several years ago, a member of Woodland Park Presbyterian (WPP) in Seattle, Wash., introduced Diane Carleton to Earth Ministry.  At the time she was on the “Witness” committee at WPP and didn’t have time to invest in creation care.  But as soon as she stepped out of that commitment, she decided to be the church liaison for creation care. 

Since changing roles, Diane has been actively involved in creation care. In her home, Diane reduced her household garbage from a mini-can to a micro-can by avoiding excess packaging when purchasing food.  In her church, she led small group studies on ways to reduce carbon emissions, organized Car Free Sundays and a Care for All Creation “At the Table” worship service. In the public square, she attended the Priorities for a Healthy Washington Legislative Workshop and Environmental Lobby Day, where she talked to her State Representatives about environmental legislation. 

“It wasn’t until I attended a Colleague consultation that I realized Earth Ministry’s programs were much larger than I first thought,” reflected Diane.  “I saw the Greening Congregations Program and brought it up at church.” WPP is now in the process to become a Greening Congregation. 

What is the secret to Diane’s seemingly endless energy?  “I’m an eternal optimist,” said Diane.  This is best exemplified by her New Year’s resolution for 2007 “to help reverse Global Warming”.  Diane recently moved to Idaho and when asked what her New Year’s resolution for 2008 was, she said, “Well, I’m in a new place with fewer resources – no recycling, no yard waste – so I’m starting all over again. And I hope to help a few people along the way.”  No doubt, there will be a Greening Congregation in Idaho very soon.

Thank you Diane for you dedication to creation care and your inspiring, optimistic spirit.

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