Earth Day 2018

Written on: April 20, 2018

Monday, April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Catholic Climate Covenant is joining the Earth Day Network ‘s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a devastating impact on God’s creation. The good news is that we can solve this problem. We can all play a role in reducing plastic pollution and minimizing our contribution to what Pope Francis calls “a throwaway culture” by working together as a community.

Thank you to our friends at Catholic Climate Covenant for providing a wealth or resources for Earth Day 2018.

Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste-

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We need to become less dependent on throwaway items, mainly plastic, which take centuries to decompose, create bio-toxins, clog rivers, streams and oceans and create a mentality of “just throw it away.”

Recycling is one step we can easily take, along with re-using, but perhaps the most effective is to reduce our consumer use of plastics. Consider reusable cloth bags, metal straws or simply no straw, personal water bottles and coffee mugs.

Many global problems seem insurmountable, but reducing the use of plastic is personal. It begins with me and the choices I make each and every day.

A variety of resources for celebrating Earth Day are available from Catholic Climate Covenant. Click this link to download them free of charge.  EARTH DAY 2018

The link contains a Leaders Guide, Prayer Service Program Guide, Handouts, Individual and Community Activities and the Laudato Si/St. Francis Pledge.

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