July is Plastic Free month in over 50 countries. We have all been alerted in recent times through the media, the internet and social media of the enormous damage plastic pollution causes to humans, land, sea, animals, wildlife. David Attenborough in Blue Planet II highlighted very graphically and touchingly the destructive impact of thrown away plastic. This month we are invited to become part of the solution by saying no to single use plastic. All information available on website PLASTIC FREE JULY. You are also invited to sign the 4Rs Pledge - Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. The hope is that refusing plastic will become part of our everyday life. Good Luck.
Care of the Earth
Carolyne is a member of staff at St Joseph’s Hospice and a friend of the community. She is also a photographer who has a passion for photographing mini creatures. She has kindly agreed to share some of her images with us. You can tell from her descriptions how lovingly she observes and records these marvelous creatures.
Sr Madeleine Meagher writes from California: Why do we fail to hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth? I believe we must start with our inner life in order to make changes. This involves a consciousness of and reflecting on our attitudes toward creation.
Ireland has a Citizen’s Assembly comprised of 100 citizens representative of the state’s population who meet to discuss key issues of national importance. It reports to the Dail and Senate on those issues. The recent Assembly called on our Government to act on climate change.
The first meeting of the Congregational Care of the Earth was held at Caritas, Sandymount from 18th to 22nd August. The five Coordinators from the Regions and Provinces were present Sr. Mary Zimba, Zambia/Malawi; Sr. Helen Eluagu, Nigeria; Sr. Madeleine Meagher, California; Sr. Mary Judge, Ireland; Sr. Patricia Byrne, England/Scotland; along with Sr. Mairéad Ní Chuirc from the General Leadership Team. Sr. Nellie McLaughlin, RSM facilitated.