Earth-Friendly Habits: Living Laudato Si’
Week Seven: Plastic Bags
“It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
Plastic bags are easily blown about and frequently end up on our highways. The state of Illinois spends six million dollars each year paying for litter cleanup. Bags also end up in our waterways where they are all too often mistaken for food and ingested by wildlife. This results in suffering and a painful death. Switching to paper products causes trees to be cut down. Trees remove carbon from the air and help lower the temperature of the earth.
The solution is to bring your own woven bags where permitted. Keep them in a place where you are reminded to bring them with you into the store. If you forget to bring them, return to your car to get them! Reusable, washable vegetable bags further reduce plastic waste. Use the bags from frozen foods, pre-packaged produce, online purchases, or other packages to clean up after animals. Many grocery stores have recycling bins; be sure to use them and remember to tie a knot in single use bags to reduce the possibility of the wind catching them.
Cutting Pollution is in the bag when we bring our own!
GOAL: Ecological Education
Ideas to consider…
- Re-thinking and re-designing curricula to foster ecology awareness
- Implementing Laudato Si’ education plans for adult community
- Ensuring parishioners are familiar with the local ecosystem, the science, the social dimensions of the ecological crises, and ecological virtues
- Ensuring education is community-led by creating ways for educators to undergo ecological conversions, creating opportunities for youth-led events, and developing mechanisms to publicly recognize young people for their leadership
- Weaving Laudato Si’ themes into the community’s communications with regular highlights in newsletters/bulletins and on social media
- Encouraging community households to develop Laudato Si’ Plans
- Delivering equitable access to education by ensuring under-represented groups are educated, offering culturally appropriate and/or alternative forms of education, and ensuring that education promotes human rights and dignity