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You Can Make All the Difference

Published May 25, 2024
Simple Lifestyles
You Can Make All the Difference

Do you believe our planet is precious, and realize Earth is our only home? If so, we must be precious too including our ecosystems, plants, wildlife, land, water and air, which make our world extraordinarily splendid. Our feelings about who we are as a human race require that we approach nature with love, thankfulness, and dependency, and our intelligence forces us to change our way of life.

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Civilian Climate Corps

Published April 26, 2024
Community Involvement
Civilian Climate Corps

“Do you know that as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic climate agenda, the American Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) was established on September 20, 2023, where more than 20,000 Americans will conserve and restore our land, air and water, and make our communities more climate resilient? It is a workforce to help young people gain access to training necessary for good-paying careers in clean energy and in the climate field. It’s mission is to engage young people and veterans in activities to help and make better the health, diversity, and productivity of our public lands.

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Spirituality Gives Joy, Peace, and Love

Published March 26, 2024
Ecological Spirituality
Spirituality Gives Joy, Peace, and Love

“Do you know that joy and peace come from when we spiritually care for and love others besides ourselves? Our greatest joys are when we help people, and by doing so, we help ourselves. One definition of spirituality is: “a process of making the mind face our fears, worries, and non-stop thinking, and experiencing inner peace and bliss in one’s everyday life”. Spirituality is about making peace with the universe, and accepting facts as they are and trying to live in harmony. Great examples of spirituality are Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela.

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Climate Migrants

Published July 27, 2023
Cry of the Poor
Climate Migrants

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) said, “Climate refugees also referred to as climate change refugees and climate migrants are individuals who have been displaced from their homes due to natural disasters and climate change. This includes floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, desertification, droughts, rising sea levels, and more. These events not only affect the safety of individuals, but can also cause food, water, and other long-term resource shortages that push people from their homes”. They also said, the term “climate migrant” is more accurate than climate change refugee because, much like internally displaced persons, climate migrants are not recognized as refugees under international refugee law. This means they do not have the same protections and rights when seeking asylum as people who have fled their home country to escape persecution based on religion, race, nationality, or political opinion.

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Ten Eco-Commandments for Earth Citizens

Published June 30, 2023
Simple Lifestyles
Ten Eco-Commandments for Earth Citizens

For nearly three years, this column in The Message has consistently given good reasons to be less consumer- driven and more eco-friendly. It has promoted “Laudato Si’” to all people and to all religions in the world, as requested by Pope Francis - including through his “Ten Commandments for Climate Change” (See What can we do section).

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The Sun

Published May 19, 2023
Ecological Education
The Sun

Rhett Herman, Ph.D., physics professor at Radford University in Virginia (Scientific American, 10/26/1998, How fast is the Earth moving) says, the Earth revolves around the sun in 365 days at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph, and rotates on its axis, at the equator at 1,000 mph. In addition, the sun is a yellow star made of hydrogen and helium, 93 million miles from earth, and its volume would need 1.3 million earths to fill it (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

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Earth Day and the Catholic Church

Published April 22, 2023
Ecological Education
Earth Day and the Catholic Church

Gaylord Nelson, who founded Earth Day, saw, in the 1960’s, a deteriorating environment and Anti-Vietnam War protests. Both gave him the idea for a “teach-in” about environmental issues on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day. It’s estimated that 20 million people participated in this event, according to “The History of Earth Day, Adirondack Council.” The first two websites under “What can we do!” give ideas for Earth Day on April 22, 2023.

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Righting Wrongs Through Legislation

Published March 16, 2023
Ecological Education
Righting Wrongs Through Legislation

Historically, we’ve learned much about righting wrongs to promote environmental protection. Two notable authors are Aldo Leopold (“A Sand County Almanac”) and Rachel Carson (“Silent Spring”). Both were helpful in passing legislation like:

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Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Restore

Published February 17, 2023
Simple Lifestyles
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Restore

There are simple and economic ways to live an environmentally sensitive and thoughtful lifestyle. For instance, we could rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and restore. Applying these five R’s will reduce our carbon footprint, promote healthy environments, increase soil fertility, and improve Earth’s air, water, and land.

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