#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

 

 

 

Earth Day 2018

Freshly mown grass, blue skies, sun on the skin… I love spring and all the beautiful things that God’s creation has to offer us. If you live near Heaton Park, you know that is true when I say that it is the best places in Manchester to go for a spring or summer day. With that in mind, we hope that this Earth Day we might reflect on ‘Laudato Si’ and the Pope’s invitation to everyone on the planet to care for the Earth.

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Pope Francis calls on us all to make simple daily gestures to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home. This is an opportunity to live wisely, think deeply and love generously.

Sometimes, we do not see the extent of our actions. We might see clean streets, green parks and think that it must be like that everywhere else. However, this is far from the truth, especially with all the plastics which have been proved that they poison and injure marine life while disrupting human hormones and contaminating landfills. This exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

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That is why, from CAFOD Salford office we want to encourage you (and maybe challenge you a bit) to start thinking about the choices you make as a consumer. Thinking about what you are buying and why it might start changing your way of shopping. We all buy plastic water bottles, or we get stuck with plastic containers when we eat take away. So, next time you go to the supermarket have a look if you can find that product without the plastic container, or always take your reusable bag with you.

These are very small actions, but remember that every small step counts for the change. BE PART OF THE CHANGE!

You can find extra material as prayers or guidelines for your parish or school to help reflect on Laudato Si here.

April 22nd might be the perfect day to bring up that conversation with your co-worker about what can we do for the Earth.

Wishing you a lovely day everyone.

Written by Estefanía González 

 

 

 

 

Love, love, love… and green hearts

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is coming! Love, love, love. This is a time to show that affection to our loved ones and from the CAFOD Salford office we wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

However, we know and see the impact that climate change is having on the Earth and our daily lives. So, in an effort to protect the beautiful parks and countryside around us CAFOD is trying to raise awareness by giving green hearts. Yes, that is right, GREEN HEARTS!

The Pope has been urging us to consider the effects humankind is having on the world, “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.” (Laudato Si, 14)

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This is a moment to also think of our brothers and sisters who live in the poorest countries and are suffering the worst impacts of climate change.

One in six of our brothers and sisters around the world currently don’t have the electricity they need to power schools, clinics, homes and businesses. I urge you to help make sure the world’s poorest people get the energy services they need through sustainable sources such as solar power. See CAFOD’s “Power to be” campaign.

So, that is our mission for this Valentine’s Day, to show that we care by making green hearts and raising awareness about the issues that the environment is facing because of climate change. What better day to also express our love for God’s creation and our brothers and sisters!

All these little actions count and can change the way we think about and act towards our plant and others. So, we are encouraging everyone to start that conversation about climate change with those around us by making and sharing a green heart. Here are some ideas, but you can be as creative as you want:

Because everyone loves receiving hearts, and we love our world, let’s be conscious that we need to take care of it.

Sending you love and hundreds of green hearts!

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