Our office is on Singleton Road, situated between Bury Old Road and Bury New Road.
Late in June on a sunny Sunday afternoon the B.O.B. Box Project, promoted by the Diocese of Salford and CAFOD Salford, landed in St Mary’s, Sabden.
A B.O.B. box is a unique, dual purpose bird nesting or bat roosting box, which won an ‘Observer Ethical Award” in 2011, now helping CAFOD to hopefully raise over £500,000.
At Sabden Summer Fair ten people bought or sponsored a BOB Box for £10 each. These boxes can accommodate a bird or a bat to nest or roost, and will be sited strategically as part of Our Lady of the Valley parish’s Livesimply Award environmental activities. The Livesimply Award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ challenges us to “Care for Our Common Home” by growing in faith, hope, and love. We must strive to live in healthy relationships with God, neighbour, and all creation. We are called to be ecological citizens, to make prudent decisions, and to take sometimes bold actions. In the particular matter of climate change, we are cautioned to reduce emissions of pollutants like carbon dioxide when it is in our control.
So, today (12th July) we celebrate #simplicity day. We thought that it would be useful to give some examples on how the people from our office are trying to help the environment by making decisions that represent less waste and living simpler.
– No plastic bottles for me, thank you. Rosie has said ‘no’ to plastic bottles, so she always tries to carry around her bottle of water. This is a great decision since a million plastic bottles are bought around the world per minute. So, next time that you leave home try to take with you your reusable bottle.
-Personal hygiene – plastic free. Steve has decided since his birthday that his daily hygiene routines will not cost the environment. So, he had ditched ALL THE PLASTIC. This means, for example, replacing the plastic bottles for soap bars, plastic toothbrush for bamboo toothbrush.
-I only eat what I grow (on Thursdays). Bridge has decided that in her house they will only eat what they grow in their allotment on Thursdays. This means very fresh tomatoes and lettuce, but not always the amount of food that you usually expect when you go to the supermarket. But, this also gives you another perspective of how people who depend of what they grow is what they eat and become more conscious about what we buy.
-Give me nature. You know that the coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser, makeup removal, shaving cream, hair conditioner and much more. So, I have decided to stop buying a bunch of cosmetics and replace them with coconut oil. This does not only help to reduce plastic bottle waste, but helps you too.
I hope you enjoyed our experiences and recommendations and that it encourages you to start making different decisions that will help the environment and live simpler.
Have a lovely day!
P.S: “An important part of our faith is to care for creation and to develop respect for other people in the world. Becoming a livesimply parish helps you go deeper and to take action.”
Written by Estefanía González
Last week, a group of CAFOD volunteers and supporters walked in solidarity with refugees on a “Share the Journey” walk from Wardley Hall to the Chapel at the adjoining Catholic Cemetery. They walked a total of 72 miles! Not only that, but they were welcomed by Bishop John and had the opportunity to listen to a talk from Geoff O Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, about CAFOD’s work. During this time there was much discussion about some of our the projects overseas and how they are all influenced by ‘Laudato Si’. It is incredible how ‘Laudato Si’ is helping many to re-think their actions and take responsibility for what we do to our Earth.
But, this afternoon would have not been perfect without some afternoon tea ! The afternoon tea was prepared by some of CAFOD’s supporters and was held in the Hall, after the walk. If Wardley Hall is already a dreamy place, imagine it now with incredible weather and afternoon tea.
From CAFOD in Salford we want to thank all of you for your continued support, not only to CAFOD but for choosing to protect our common home and your support for refugees and migrants across the world.