The Climate Crisis is real, I realize some do not believe it is, but it is real and it directly relates to Care of God’s Creation, one of the seven Social Teachings of our Church. With this in mind, I offer ten things you can do in the fight against Climate Crisis.
- Vote. In addition, write to your elected leaders. Email Senators Gillibrand and Schumer through https://actionnetwork.org/letters/we-need-safer-healthy-communities-powered-by-clean-energy-tcrp/. You simply enter your return address and then a template is created and sent for you.
- Compost for your own yard or sign up for a service https://communitycomposting.org/
- Sign up for renewable energy for your home with companies like Arcadia or Community Solar (I use Arcadia and recommend it as legitimate) or consider installing solar panels.
- Eat a plant-based diet or commit to vegetarian once a week #meatlessmondays.
- Walk, bike, and use public transit as much as possible.
- Listen to podcasts like The Energy Gang or NPRs Climate Cast.
- Purchase carbon offsets when you fly. United has Eco-Skies CarbonChoice, American has Cool Effect, and Delta has CO2Delta.
- Cut down on plastic, especially single-use plastics, and consider reusable or compostable alternatives instead.
- Plant trees and join the World Economic Forum’s effort 1T to plant over 1 trillion trees over the next decade. As you may know the parish’s Care of God’s Creation Committee has already started to plant trees in our backfield.
- Engage in dialogue with family, friends, and co-workers – the fight against climate crisis will require all of us to change and the more this is front of mind the more we can work towards the solutions.
The annual Catholic Ministries Appeal has begun. You should have received a letter and pledge card from Bishop Matano. I urge you to return your pledge card as soon as can so we achieve our assigned goal of $203,413 in record time. To my great pleasure, some have already returned their pledge, thank you!
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,