Every Action Counts
Pope Francis says: “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.” (211)
On this the first anniversary of Laudato Si’ and on World Environment Day it is the opportunity for everyone to realise the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.
Through decades of World Environment Day celebrations, hundreds of thousands of people from countries all over the world and from all sectors of society have participated in individual and organised environmental action.
Below are practical steps you can take to help our planet!
- Act Now. Today is the day you can take the next step to care for our common home.
- Click here to receive the Catholic Earthcare newsletter via our website
- Bring your own eco-bag or basket when going to the market or grocery store and avoid using plastic bags.
- Create a Tree of Life for your community using this resource – grow it on a wall in your church, agency, school or hall!
- Watch our video on making a food garden “Connect, Care and Share”
- Vote based on the values promoted in the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Election Statement
- Donate to Catholic Earthcare and support the development of future resources and initiatives for the community
- Consume smartly. The less waste we throw into landfills, the less harmful greenhouse gases are released into the planet’s warming atmosphere.
- Contact Catholic Earthcare to develop a Laudato Si’ plan for your diocese.
- Contact us about our Permaculture program
- Participate in a Laudato Si’ Animator program
- Open your next Parish meeting with the Laudato Si’ Prayer
- Contact Catholic Earthcare to facilitate a Clergy Formation Program on Laudato Si’
- Avoid increasing your daily carbon (CO2) footprint – the main greenhouse gas contributing to the warming atmosphere. Simple things, like carpooling, biking or walking instead of driving all add up!
- Discover an alternative to using traditional wrapping paper for birthday gifts – like scarves, old newspapers, paintings by your children or discarded maps or magazines.
- Friend us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CatholicEarthcare/
- Improve the insulation of your home – it will really help reduce your energy consumption … and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Optimize the use of your washing machine – use the cold-wash option and significantly save energy and reduce your daily carbon emissions.
- Offset your travel whenever possible – most airlines provide an option to do this when you book your tickets.
- Plant a tree or, even better, organise a tree-planting drive on World Environment Day or to celebrate the first anniversary of Laudato Si’.
- Quantify how much money you’d save each winter if you lowered the temperature inside your home by 2 degrees Celsius. It could reduce your energy consumption by 14 percent!
- Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. The less waste we throw into landfills, the less harmful greenhouse gases are released into the planet’s atmosphere.
- Switch your light bulbs to LEDs. Save energy and money!
- Vanquish energy vampires— appliances that suck energy even when not being used – by unplugging them or using power strips and timers.
- Watch your water use! Check your home for leaky faucets, take shorter showers and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Go for Zero waste. Use natural resources wisely, choosing options with the least use of air, soil, water and the least emission of harmful greenhouse gases. Refuse unnecessary packaging.
- Re-think. Re-design. Re-create. We are invited to change the way we operate on earth to be more in tune with the earth’s systems. How might we adjust our human systems, activities and everyday practices to make sure that that nothing is wasted?
Find out more at the Laudato Si’ Week at http://laudatosiweek.org/
and World Environment Day at www.wed2016.com