Season of Creation, every season is a season of creation at one level or another. I believe we need to be creative in our thinking as we Care of God’s Creation, one the seven social teachings of our Church. It is more than planting a tree or driving a gas efficient automobile. Let me reflect for a moment on plastic.
Plastic is everywhere in our environment because of it’s very useful quality of indestructability. That useful quality has become a big problem as it litters our beaches, clogs our waterways and infiltrates our drinking water. Only time will tell the long-term impact of a lifetime of ingesting microscopic plastic particles.
Because of its usefulness, plastic is hard to give up. We have grown accustomed to storing our produce in those lightweight plastic bags, rounding up the trash in the heavier ones and packing up our restaurant leftovers in Styrofoam boxes. But it will not go away if we keep using it. Want to reduce your plastic use? Here are some ways:
- Bring your own shopping bags.
- Carry your own reusable water bottle.
- Bring your own reusable cup.
- Skip the plastic produce bags; buy reusable ones.
- Pack your lunch in reusable containers.
- Say no to plastic cutlery and straws.
- lTake your own storage container to restaurants.
Some people still do not believe the caring for God’s creation is an issue the Church should be involved with; leave the issues to the environmentalists. Well, I humbly disagree, God’s creation is a gift from God and like all gifts, we need to appreciate and honor it as a gift. In the words of Pope Francis
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, no. 25
On a very basic level, but much needed effort perhaps you could join the BEACH CLEANUP. Consider joining other volunteers in the 25th annual beach cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Locally a beach cleanup is always needed at places similar to Durand Eastman Park.
The Season of Creation is something that should happen each and every day, just use your imagination how you can be part of the creative process.
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,