I was on the St. Ignatius High School campus this morning and talked with youth minister Augi Pacetti. He said this week that some of the students were doing “The Great Garbage Challenge.” For five days, students will carry around a plastic bag (everywhere) that they fill up with the garbage they generate. This is to make one’s waste visible and bring it to the forefront of one’s consciousness, Mr. Pacetti explained. It should be eye opening for most of the students… I couldn’t help but think how helpful it would be for many of us to be able to also carry around a ‘bag’ for five days of all the carbon dioxide each of us emits from our vehicles, our home heating, our consumer purchases (it takes the burning of fossil fuels to produce most items). Note: The Obama Administration is moving swiftly on applications by California and 13 other states for much stricter automobile emissions and fuel efficiency, the New York Times reported today. While this is, indeed, a step in the right direction, our environmental policy on global warming would be much more agressive than the Obama Administration’s, across the board. Much of the global warming data now indicates that these gradual, incremental shifts in policy — “…is like re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic,” I just told the Ashtabula Star Beacon newspaper.