Suggested Practical Actions during the Season of Creation 2020

Pope Francis has declared this year, 24th May 2020 – 24th My 2021, a special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year.

The season of creation is a time for thinking about how we can better care for the gift of the  created world entrusted to us by God.  Below is a list of practical things taken form the excellent resources published on the Irish Catholic Bishops  website. 

 

  • Spend some time outside each day, in awareness, reconnect with nature.
  • Start to grow some of your own food; support local producers.
  • Compost your garden and food waste.
  • Avoid or reduce the use of chemicals in your home and garden.
  • Use (vinegar, baking soda) and buy eco- friendly cleaners. See (ecoverdirect.com)
  • Plant pollinator friendly plants in your window box or garden at home and in your parish grounds. biodiversityireland.ie
  • Check out the Faith Community Pollinator plan and think about how you could implement this in your church grounds https://pollinators.ie/communities/faith-communities/
  • Shop wisely. Buy Fairtrade and buy locally made products when possible.
  • Avoid waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, treat.
  • Learn how to read your energy bills and make your home more energy efficient.
  • Explore the use of renewable energy in your home, business and school, parish buildings (seai.ie).
  • Participate in the Think Before You Flush campaign (thinkbeforeyouflush.org) and display the ‘Dirty Dozen’ posters in toilets in your parish buildings.
  • Consider installing water butts in your gardens.
  • Pray in and with nature – Encourage Laudato Si’ themed gardens in your parish.
  • Volunteer your time in some creative project. Join an existing group.
  • Offer a welcome to newcomers where you live.
  • Explore Trōcaire’s 100 ways for Parishes to implement Laudato Si’ (https://www.trocaire.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/parishes/100-ways-to-implement-laudato-si.pdf)
  • Become an Eco – Parish. See www.ecocongregationireland.com
  • Take the Laudato Si’ Pledge (CatholicClimateMovement.global/petition )
  • Discuss with / write to your local TD to express your concern on Ireland’s record on addressing the climate crisis. Check out onefuture.ie for some ideas.
  • Can we help to conserve and protect water in our area? Water is the source of life for all living things. Can we restore a local Holy Well? Take a pilgrimage to a local Holy Well. See lovingsisterearth.com
  • Get in touch with local Environmental Action Groups and/or organisations such as Trocaire, World Health Organization, Medecin sans Frontieres, etc.
  • Can we spread hope across the world by twinning with a village in a drought-stricken area?

 PLASTIC

 Refuse single use plastics such as cling film, straws, plastic cutlery.

  • Switch to a reusable water bottle /travel cup.
  • Use cloth bags for shopping; Bring/Use your own containers when possible.
  • Check for and then avoid microbeads in products.
  • Refuse packaging – Avoid – Reduce – Re-use – Recycle – Upcycle
  • Check the new recycling list recyclinglistireland.ie
  • Organise a recycling workshop in your parish/community voiceireland.org
  • Show a film or documentary on the topic in your parish/community
  • Participate in a beach, stream, river, park, street, area, road clean-up.