April 22, 2021 “RESTORE OUR EARTH”
This year we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of Pope Francis’ ground-breaking encyclical “Laudato Si.” This document highlights several key situations of our world today. The first is that a true appreciation and discussion of the environment is expressed most clearly for us within a spiritual perspective. This is followed by the fact that the poor of our world are disproportionately affected by climate change. Pope Francis reiterated that in our consumer and throwaway society, living more simply with “Less” is actually “More.” By writing this document we see that our Catholic Social Teaching now, of necessity, includes teaching on the environment. And, that discussion about ecology can be grounded in the Bible and Church tradition because we know that everything, all creation, is interconnected. With these key points in mind, perhaps we can take some little steps within our families and communities to express our gratitude to God for the beauties of creation and our concern for preserving it for future generations. Perhaps you might please consider implementing some of the following suggestions. (Sr. Jeanette)
- TREES: Plant a tree. Stop deforestation; improve air quality, and help trees, the lungs of our earth’s.
- BUTTERFLIES AND BEES: Avoid toxic pesticides and add flowers to your garden that attract pollinators.
- DELITTER: Start “PLOGGING!” Carry a bag and Pick up Litter while JOGGING.
- FOOD: Lessen your “global foodprint.” Participate in meatless Mondays! Check out plant-based recipes. Eat more veggies, beans and nuts. Buy “Organic.”
- GARBAGE: Fight food waste by composting! Make a difference right in your own backyard.
- TRANSPORTATION: Increase green power and lower your “carbon footprint.” Leave the car home, walk or ride your bike.
- BUY LOCALLY: Reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
- ADVOCACY: Call government leaders and urge pro-climate actions and laws.
- REUSABLES: Save glass jars, shopping bags, and eating utensils to avoid plastics and limit waste.
- EDUCATION: Test your knowledge of climate and environmental literacy. See link below: