The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province has responded to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Action Platform by creating the Dorothy Stang Initiative for Laudato Si’ Action. While in the process of gathering data from sisters, associates, staff, donors and others in our circle, we were reminded that all steps we take are important - both big and small. We therefore introduce Your Little Bit of Good, a short weekly one-pager that focuses on some aspect of the environment. It is an attempt to bring forward small things we can do.

Teresa Phillips
Director of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation

Prayer

Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God's creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us. Almighty God, you created the world and gave it into our care so that, in obedience to you, we might serve all people. Inspire us to use the riches of creation with wisdom, and to ensure that their blessings are shared by all; that, trusting in your bounty, all people may be Empowered to seek freedom from poverty, famine, and oppression.
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Source: Xavier University Jesuit Resource

Knowledge

“Making people feel guilty doesn’t solve much.”

Kevin Albans

Lately I have been experiencing a lot of climate anxiety. How will we ever make a big enough dent in the damage being done? I worry about the world my children and their children will inherit.

I think anyone who knows the reality of climate change worries at least a little. But, giving up, is not an option. How do we stay hopeful when we know it is only getting harder by the day?

I stay hopeful by balancing the gloom with the stories of hope. It helps no one to ignore the reality of the situation. It also does not help to get lost in reality to the point of inactivity. We are not in this fight alone. We have a good God. St. Julie said, “Do not be anxious, go straight on, forgetful of self, letting the spirit of God act, instead of your own.” The spirit of God is acting. Never forget that.

When I need that reminder, I go to a few good websites. Happy Eco News is one. You can receive in your inbox a weekly email of good eco-news. This week there is a great article about this very subject. Small Steps Go a Long Way by Kevin Albans You can also subscribe to We Can Fix It, a resource from climate scientist Dr. Kimberly Nicholas. She provides actionable things you can do, backed by climate scientists from around the world.

Action

It is clearer than ever that government and business are the major players in affecting climate change. Science is already doing its part. Government and business will only make the necessary changes when the voters and consumers make our voices heard. Personal behaviors are very important, but, we must do more. Climate advocacy is crucial if we are to pass a habitable world on to future generations.

A few resources:

You can Google “Climate Advocacy” for other resources.