#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

 

 

 

Message from Bishop John about becoming a Livesimply Parish with CAFOD

 

 

World Environment Day 5th June

This week there have been so many things to celebrate thanks to Volunteers’ Week. However, it does not stop here. Today we are also celebrating WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY! Who gets tired of celebrating these incredible days? I definitely don’t… especially when the celebration involves cake, but that is another topic.

So, today we wanted to celebrate the impact of CAFOD’s campaign Power to Be. More than 30,000 people signed the Power to be petition for the World Bank to ensure that the poorest people have access to renewable energy. This demonstrates how people are passionate about helping others and taking care of the environment.

The UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson said: “Without reliable access to electricity, entrepreneurs find it harder to set up small businesses and create jobs. Electricity is also crucial for communities, to provide light for children to study at night and to refrigerate vaccines in health facilities.”

Hope that this inspires you to keep going in those positive actions that you are already doing for the environment and climate. It is not only about acknowledging what we might do wrong for the environment, but also feeling proud that we are making a better world with our actions. Furthermore, the World Bank announced in December that they will no longer finance oil and gas exploration and production after 2019. This is a big step forward and shows that the World Bank is prepared to transform its energy spending.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Written by Estefanía González