Did you ever notice if you are addicted to the use of plastic? Ending plastic pollution would make a major contribution to the health of our planet. Please take time to listen to this NCR segment which describes some ways we might take on this effort (episode 59).
Pope Francis encourages us to draw spiritual resilience from a passage in Laudato Si when he says: “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.” It may take us longer than we had hoped to accomplish even small tasks like eliminating plastic straws, cups and cutlery, but by setting goals and working strategically toward them we’ll eventually ‘climb the mountain’. What small resilient steps can you take personally or encourage groups you work with to take, that will lessen and eventually eliminate the use of plastic?
“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Pope Francis now famously observed in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si, on Care for Our Common Home.” Do you contribute to this pile of filth?
By Sister Mary Lou Schmersal
Assembly Directive: Act responsibly in the use and care of our planet’s resources.