On Sunday, April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. This Earth day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behaviour about plastics. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Together, we can act to change this situation and save our mother earth. Here are some suggestions to take action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond
Moreover, you are invited to make three deep and sustainable commitments to protect the planet.
Significantly lessen your home energy use. Simple changes, like turning off overhead lights when you leave a room, to more complex commitments, like purchasing and installing energy efficient bulbs and appliances, can add up to significant energy reduction.
Dramatically reduce your meat consumption. The livestock sector generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks, and automobiles combined. Thoughtfully reducing the consumption of meat can cause a positive chain reaction up the ladder of production.
Conscientiously minimize your car and air travel. If you drive, consider alternate forms of travel like mass transit or bicycling. If you fly, do the same. If you must do one or both consider making “carbon offsets” in other parts of your life. Perhaps at home or at the dinner table?
Pope Francis writes, “Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God. Do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit.” (34)
We invite you to join us in stepping out of our day-to-day lives to make the most of one extraordinary moment, protecting creation and all those who share it. This Earth Day, people around the world are coming together to weave creation care into worship and advocate for our common home. 400+ people have answered the call and are hosting events. Will you join us?
In Johannesburg, 12 parishes will hold events and send postcards to their diocese.
In Florida, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will hold a Laudato Si’-themed Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and plant a tree in the convent garden.
in Buenos Aires, Our Lady of the Valley Parish will hold a mass for youth and invite the parish to a workshop on care for our common home.
Caring for our common home serves the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers. It’s a way to pass on the love we’ve been so graciously given.
By coming together as one, we build the community of hope. As Pope Francis says in his exhortation, “the saints are joyful and full of good humour. Though completely realistic, they radiate a positive and hopeful spirit.” (122)
PS: Save the date for a multi-lingual prayer service for Earth Day, April 20 at 9:00 AM New York / 10:00 Buenos Aires / 14:00 UK / 16:00 Nairobi /21:00 Manila. Register here.