Response to the Cry of the Earth

Response to the Cry of the Poor

  • Grow food and donate to local food banks

  • Embark on service trips focused on clean water access

  • Donate to hurricane and flood relief efforts

  • Distribute food, clothing, and hygiene products to the homeless

Ecological Economics

  • Research and use fair trade products with just labor practices

  • Support green businesses

  • Buy local when possible

Adaptation of Sustainable Lifestyles

  • Compost food scraps, paper products, and organic material -- avoid adding meat, dairy, and oily foods

    • Use cardboard / cardboard egg cartons to cover compost and protect from rodents

    • Cut holes in the bottoms of trash cans for compost drainage in urban settings

    • 3 bin system is most effective and labor-intensive – use palettes and a tarp

    • Simple tumblers: Orbis Earth Machine, Garden Gourmet, Hot Frog

    • 3:1 brown to green; 30:1 carbon to nitrogen

    • Avoid adding meat, dairy (egg shells are okay), oils

    • Keep moist and aerate at least once per week

    • Consider using an indoor worm bin

  • Conduct waste audits

  • Purchase environmentally friendly laundry detergent and hair products

  • Grow organic gardens – raised bed method, homemade greenhouses, indoor survival gardens

  • Purchase hybrid or electric vehicles

  • Install water refilling stations

  • Encourage reusable water bottles

  • Recycle and donate old clothes

  • Buy used clothing

  • Donate old furniture to Goodwill

  • Use compostable silverware when possible

  • Purchase takeout from restaurants with compostable food products

  • Minimize aerosol sprays and products with microbeads

  • Avoid using plastic straws

  • Opt for used and online textbooks

  • Make and use reusable bags for school operations

  • Use reusable coffee thermoses

  • Buy new products only when necessary

  • Cut back on excess paper use and move digital when possible

  • Install CFL or LED light bulbs

  • Consult LEED certification standards for new buildings

  • Monitor energy and water use and find ways of reducing consumption

  • Install motion sensor lights in restrooms

  • Switch off appliances when not in use

  • Train custodians on green cleaning methods

  • Find out more about recycling in your community

    • What gets recycled and what doesn’t?

    • What can you do to ensure you recycle as much as possible?

  • Dispose of waste properly – e.g. recycle batteries

  • Find ways to capture rainwater

  • Support leave the leaves campaigns; reduce leaf blowers

  • Encourage carpooling

  • Ride bicycles and choose public transportation when possible

  • Unplug chargers and other cables not in use

  • Use real dishes and towels instead of single-use ones

  • Reduce meat consumption or purchase locally sourced, humanely raised meat; embrace plant-based substitutes such as tofu, tempeh, lentils, veggie burgers, etc.

    • Meatless Mondays

    • Purchase less red meat (esp. beef – 12x the greenhouse gas emissions of chicken)

Ecological Education

Ecological Spirituality

  • Integrate Creation-centered liturgy (see guide here)

  • Celebrate Creation-centered holidays

    • Rogation Days - Normally the three days before the solemnity of the Ascension

    • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Feast - October 4

    • World Food Day - Week of October 16

    • Fast for World Harvest - Thursday before Thanksgiving

    • World Day of Peace - January 1

    • Earth Day - April 22

    • World Environment Day - Early June Arbor Day - Varies by state

  • Nurture outdoor contemplative practices

Community, Resilience, and Empowerment

  • Connect and collaborate with local environmental groups in the community

  • Explore solar panels or wind turbines for electricity generation