Laudato Si’ at 5: 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
The anniversary will be marked between Laudato Si’ week (May 16-May 24) and June 18th (the date of the encyclical’s publication). In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on the world to “dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet”.
LET US PRAY:
Our world is large, and yet your Creation is so fragile.
We glimpse the needs of our common home, of our sisters and brothers, and those needs are great.
We want to turn away, but you call us back.
We want simple solutions,
but you want us to help solve the complex problems.
Through your Church, you call us to listen, to learn, to reflect and to act.
Give us a deep sense of our place in this web of Creation.
Give us the wisdom of mind and generosity of heart to seek your will in the world today. Inspire us to respond to the call to live in solidarity with all of your Creation,
so that the Earth, and all children of God might live in dignity and peace.
(Written by Education for Justice staff; Catholic Climate Covenant. Copyright © Reprinted with permission.)
Possible Climate Actions:
Look at this list of possible climate actions you might consider taking as an individual, family, and/or as a community. These actions can help lower your carbon footprint or make yourself and others aware of climate vulnerabilities.
- Refuse plastic bottles, bags, straws, cutlery and cups! Say NO to single-use plastic.
- Walk, cycle, carpool, or use public transport
- Plant pollinator-friendly flowers and spread wildflower seeds.
- Switch to renewable energy
- Go meatless on Mondays and/or Fridays (at least)
- Reuse, recycle, lower my consumption of resources
- Use less water
- Speak to my elected officials about climate change
- Plant at least two trees in 2020
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang-dry clothes
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Replace appliances with Energy Star-rated ones
- Replace incandescent and compact fluorescent lights with LED lights
- Reduce my food waste
- Compost leaves and food waste
- Start conversations about climate change with family and friends
- Pray for our common home and all Earth protectors