Is your parish sustainable?
In May, 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home). In his second encyclical, the pope urges Catholics to be mindful of their environmental impact and to actively work for environmental justice. He says of the importance of sustainability, "Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change." Have parishes taken this message seriously?
Is your parish sustainable? U.S. Catholic wants to know.
Sustainability is a Catholic issue.
I believe environmental action is an important part of the church’s social justice work.
My parish has/does the following:
Conserves energy through turning off lights, using CFC bulbs, etc.
Sources power through solar panels or wind power
Encourages the use of public transit or carpooling
Participates in a CSA or farmers market
Conserves water through rain barrels, low-flow toilets, etc.
Advocacy to state and national legislatures
I, personally, do the following:
Conserve energy through turning off lights, using CFC bulbs, etc.
Source power through solar panels or wind power
Use public transit or carpool
Participate in a CSA or shop from a farmers market
Conserve water through rain barrels, low-flow toilets, etc.
Advocate to state and national legislatures
My parish should be doing more to promote and practice sustainability.
I have heard about climate change or environmental justice in a homily.
My parish has an environmental justice group.
My parish participates in environmental justice events in the local community.
My parish participates in environmental volunteering events, such as park or river clean-up days, in the local community.
I am aware of local or national Catholic or Christian groups involved with environmental justice.
The Catholic Church should be doing more to address and combat climate change.
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