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Eco-Tips Toolkit

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .

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This toolkit contains some ideas for communicating creation care with your community, eco-tips to share, and information on the upcoming Feast of St. Francis program.

 

How will you take action?

Reflect

It was not for its own purposes that creation had frustration imposed upon it, but for the purposes of him who imposed it – with the intention that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom of the children of God.” Romans 8:20

•    What do you think St Paul is suggesting here? What does this passage mean to you?
•    Jesus died on the cross not just to redeem humanity, but to redeem the whole of creation. What does it mean to you to be a creature, created by a loving God? What does this mean for our relationship to other creatures?
•    What actions can we take to express our love for creatures and creation, which is redeemed by Christ?

God of all, you so loved the world that you sent your only Son to redeem all creation. Grant that we may follow Christ’s example of compassion and never forget the impact of all that we do on the earth and one another. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Redeemer of all, Amen.

This reflection is from CAFOD. For additional reflections, see cafod.org.uk/climatereflections.

Act Together

Ten Minutes

1) Join the Catholic Climate Covenant CCT Facebook page! It’s an easy way for CCT members from across the nation to communicate with each other. Have a question, challenge, or success? Let others know and create community! 

Ask to join by going here and start posting!

2) Have you planned a Feast of St. Francis event this Fall? This year’s theme is “Befriend the Wolf: Blessing All God’s Creation” and is meant to be an educational program designed to guide your community through a contemplation of how all created beings are united as one family under the parentage of God our Creator.

The Covenant will offer a Blessing of the Animals liturgy and a separate 90-minute educational program for use in your parishes, schools, and religious communities. Register now!  We will send an email to download the program when it’s available in mid-August.

Half Day

Communicating with your community is VITAL!
CCT website/webpage: Does your CCT have a website or a page in your parish’s or school’s website? Check this awesome page that the Care for Our Common Home CCT at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas has created.  Does this webpage have ideas for your own page?

Setting up a website/page is a terrific way to increase communication within your community. If a website isn’t possible, perhaps a Facebook group would help you connect with others interested in creation care in your parish or school.

For more ideas about CCT communication, be sure to check the Communications 101 Toolkit available in the Creation Care Resource Library. We have removed the password requirement for the library. Be sure to bookmark it and check it often!

Ongoing

Eco-Tips for Church or School Bulletin: Many CCTs have asked for simple eco-tips that can be placed in your weekly bulletins, church newsletters, or website. GreenFaith provides two years’ worth of eco-tips that you can use in your bulletin inserts.

Eco-Tips for Your Home/Family: Here are three easy steps (also from Greenfaith) that all of us should attempt this summer:

Quick Step #1:  Adjust Your Thermostat 1 Degree
Through energy use alone, the average US home creates over 13 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – the same amount as driving a car over 12,000 miles.  

Right now – turn your thermostat 1 degree lower (if it’s winter) or 1 degree higher (if it’s summer).  It’s a great first step to reducing your energy use!
Quick Step #2:  Make Your Lunch or Dinner Today a Vegetarian One
Meat production worldwide is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, and creates huge amounts of toxic waste.  Animals are treated with terrible cruelty on factory farms. 

Today, make your lunch or dinner meat-free.  Visit Vegetarian Times for great meat-free recipes.
Quick Step #3:  Take One Hour Away from Electronics, and Towards Creation
The average US citizen spends over 90% of his or her life indoors, most of it in front of electronic screens.  This weakens our bond with the earth. Today, disconnect from all electronics for 1 hour, and go outdoors.  Spend at least 15 minutes in a safe space, and in silence.  Observe what you see, hear, feel, and smell.   Perhaps journal what you see.  A college professor has his students do this, and some report that this is life changing.
If you can’t get outside today – make yourself comfortable in front of a window, a potted plant, or something that reminds you of the natural world, and meditate for ten minutes. Give thanks to God for the wonders of creation.

 

Advocate

Ask Your Representative to Join the Bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus 
Do you agree that there is too much partisanship and a lack of dialogue and action on climate change in the US Congress? You can change that! Now is the time to take action!
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) founded the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to serve “as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our common home.” The Caucus’ membership is equally balanced between Republicans and Democrats and meets regularly to advance climate solutions.  It is now producing bipartisan pieces of legislation such as the creation of a National Climate Solutions Commission. The Caucus’ efforts are the first step towards politically viable legislation to address climate change.

Please write your representative and encourage him/her to join the Climate Solutions Caucus.

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Fight for Clean Energy and EPA

Posted on 07. Jul, 2017 by .

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From interfaithpowerandlight.org –

As people of faith we know that climate change is the moral issue of our time, but sadly many of our elected officials don’t see it that way.

President Trump is proposing a budget that would eliminate the ENERGY STAR program, cut clean energy research and slash 31% of EPA funding.

As people of faith, we cannot allow this to happen. We need to speak up and put climate change solutions front and center in the national agenda.

You can help do that by going to a town hall meeting this summer and telling your representative to advocate for programs that address global warming. Congress is not going to take action without hearing from voters.

Click here to access the Interfaith Power & Light town hall toolkit and get all the resources you need to be an effective advocate.

Town hall meetings are the place where our legislators are supposed to listen to the voice of the American people.

Attend a town hall and tell your legislator why climate change is a moral issue.

One person can’t do everything, but everyone can do something. We need to talk about climate change with our friends, family, faith leaders, and our elected leaders.

Access Interfaith Power & Light’s town hall toolkit and get talking points, signs, materials, and information about where your town hall meeting will be held.

Thank you for being part of this religious movement to address climate change and thank you for taking action.

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Take Action: Prepare for World Refugee Day

Posted on 30. Apr, 2017 by .

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World Refugee Day is scheduled for June 20, 2017. The Catholic Church has for decades taken seriously the plight of these vulnerable refugees and through advocacy, education efforts, and service provision sought to provide increased protections for them.

These efforts take place on the international level through the hard work of Catholic organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Jesuit Relief Services, who provide support to refugees in camps and communities across the world. It takes place domestically, here in the United States, through Catholic Charities and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Both organizations advocate for further protections and provide support for newly arriving refugees.

Last week, the Justice for Immigrants campaign hosted a webinar to discuss ways that communities and parishes can celebrate. They have developed this toolkit for members, parishes and communities to use in planning your World Refugee Day celebrations. There are social media posts, sample prayer intentions and talking points. We encourage our

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2017 Lenten Toolkit

Posted on 26. Feb, 2017 by .

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This year the Joliet Diocese Social Justice Coalition invites your parish to incorporate social justice into your Lenten practices. We have created a weekly social justice awareness, education, & action program called Create a Ripple. 

Ignatian Solidarity Network has created Rise Up: A Lenten Call to Solidaritya collection of unique perspectives to help us understand one another’s stories, to individually and collectively rise up to engage in the work of building a more just and peaceful world.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has created a Lent 2017 EDUCATOR’S GUIDE for Catholic school teachers and parish religious educators.

North Carolina Council of Churches provides us with Preparing The Way and A Time to Mend. These Social Justices Studies for Lent will give you new insight, new facts and information, and a way to reflect on how God calls us to live out the bible, while giving you space to reflect on your faith.

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has created a 2017 Lent Reflection Guide: A Journey with Gospel Non-violence. It offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the written reflections and recorded discussions by the 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.

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Earth Day Toolkit

Posted on 22. Feb, 2017 by .

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Earth Day will be celebrated this year on April 22, one week before the People’s Climate Movement rally in DC.

Recognizing that education is the foundation of progress, this year’s campaign is all about environmemain-logontal & climate literacy. With a variety of resources and toolkits, the Earth Day Network offers a great deal of useful information. Take advantage of these resources and learn more about greening our schools and communities, composting, and much more.

Click here to access the Toolkit

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