#Simplicity Day

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

 

 

 

Wardley Hall & Share the Journey Walk

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.

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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.

 

Share the Journey Walk – Loreto High School and College

This week we have an encouraging story to share with you and let’s hope that others follow this example and step up to take part in CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign. This week, two schools have united, Loreto High School in Chorlton and Loreto College in Hulme, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees by walking the distance from Loreto High to Loreto College. Nine students from the high school, 10 from the college and 4 staff walked a joint total of 55.2 miles.

It is really encouraging to see young people taking this campaign action. As you might be aware, we have already hit our target of walking 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. But, that is not all, we are now aiming to walk around a second time!

This campaign has been inspired by Pope Francis’ concern for refugees and migrants: “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”

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Libby, 18, said: “I liked the walk; it was good and made us think about things in a different way and understand a little the stories of others and that we might be able to help.”

Also, Zeerik in Year 9 said: “I felt really good being part of the walk, I feel that I was part of something bigger by helping to make people aware that there are human stories behind the numbers.”

We are so happy to see how people respond to these campaigns and the impact and the message that sends to our political leaders. Do not forget that you can sign CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister, urging the UK to ensure the human dignity of migrants and refugees is at the heart of the global compacts or agreements to be decided at the UN later this year.

Written by Estefanía González