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Care For Creation

St. Francis Pledge: “I pledge to pray, live and advocate Laudato Si.”

Care for Creation Ministry

To answer Pope Francis’ call, the Care for Creation Ministry meets regularly to facilitate individual parishioners and the parish as a whole in living more in harmony with creation. We work with the interfaith community on local issues and on speaking in a unified voice calling for political leadership on this urgent issue.

Why We Care

What You Can Do with Us

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Ministry: support a local farmer who provides subscribers with fresh, sustainably produced, organic veggies.
  • Francis Community Garden: volunteer to help plant, nurture, gather, and donate organic food right on St. Francis’ campus for Interfaith Food Shuttle on Saturdays.

    The parish is making a concerted effort to reduce/eliminate plastic usage on campus, to make sure our recycling actually IS recycled and to compost as much as possible both at the parish and at TFS through Compost Now. We are also a member of Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle, an interfaith effort to care for creation and address climate change.  To help or to get involved with our plans for Earth Day, the Season of Creation, Laudato Si Week of any other eco-activity, contact the ministry leader, Pam James, at stfccreation@gmail.com.

What You Can Do on Your Own

Laudato Si’

Basic info laudatosi.org/laudato-si/laudato-si-goals  (7-year goals)

Laudato Sí’ Action Platform  laudatosiactionplatform.org/

Home page to sign up laudatosimovement.org 

Franciscans and Laudato Si 2020  Caring for Creation: Celebrate Earth Day at 50 and Laudato Si Week – Franciscan Action Network

Pope Francis TED talk feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~5/6c3NnpAULqI/CherylHolder_2020P.mp4

Pope’s talk vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-videomessage-laudato-si-platform.htm

5 min very simple video on Laudato Si’ https://www.google.com/search?q=https%3A%2F%2Flaudatosianimations&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:fec21522,vid:o3Lz7dmn1eM,st:0

37 second video Laudato Si´ Goals – YouTube

Video about VA church’s Laudato Si approach youtu.be/afu8v6enmr4?si=YIaU64gNKX9AreYG

 

Laudato Si’ Action Platforms

Diocese’s Action Plan – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

sdcatholic.org/…/dioceses-action-plan

Laudato Si’ Action Plan – Archdiocese of Washington

adw.org/living-the-faith/social-concerns/laudato-si-action-plan
Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan

godsplanet.us/resources/archdiocese-atlanta-laudato-si-action-plan

 

Spiritual

Amanda Gorman poem  youtube.com/watch?v=92XFwAoJn6w

Spiritual approach to eco-living livingthechange.net/tlc-resources

Franciscans franciscanaction.org/issues/care-for-creation

Ten love letters to mother earth emergencemagazine.org/essay/ten-love-letters-to-the-earth/ 

(also see spiritual folder)

Laudate Deum poem maryknollmagazine.org/photo_meditations/laudate-deum/

 

Catholic organizations

Interfaith Creation Care of The Triangle  interfaithcreationcare.org/

Inter-Faith Power and Light interfaithpowerandlight.org

Ignatian Solidarity Network   ignatiansolidarity.net/   (more than eco issues)

Society of Catholic Scientists  catholicscientists.org/

Catholic Climate Covenant  catholicclimatecovenant.org

Diocese of Raleigh Care for Creation dioceseofraleigh.org/human-life-and-dignity/care-creation

Strong Catholic Family Faith  catholicfamilyfaith.org/care-for-gods-creation.html

Creation Justice Ministries creationjustice.org/blog/52-ways-to-care-for-creation

Greener Lent (Lenten eco project)  greenerlent.org/

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)  (same as Laudato Si’)

Campaign Nonviolence  wagingnonviolence.org/cnv/

Vatican anti fossil fuels cnn.com/2020/06/19/business/vatican-fossil-fuel-ban/index.html

Youth, race, Catholics and climate americamagazine.org/politics-society/2022/10/06/catholics-hispanics-young-people-climate-change-poll-243910

County extension agent site wake.ces.ncsu.edu/

Resources for local gardening  growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorgarden/

Local ecumenical organization focusing on food and faith  lifearoundthetable.org/etf/

Local green businesses  greenishneighbor.com/green-directory

Package free store pnpdurham.com/

NC climate statistics statesatrisk.org/north-carolina/all

Package free store mindfulmerchantnc.com/

Protecting rivers Ignatian soundrivers.org/

Non-toxic cleaning products thegoodtrade.com/features/natural-eco-friendly-cleaning-products-for-the-conscious-home non-toxic cleaning products

Battery mowers best-battery-lawn-mowers-4176050  battery mowers

Car maintenance cars24.com/blog/engine-maintenance-tips/ car maintenance

Gardening for pollinators gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/shade-plants-for-pollinators.htm

Develop pollinator gardens to care for bees, birds and butterflies with NCSU: growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-Top-25-Pollinator-Plants.pdf

North Carolina Wildlife Federation ncwf.org

Environmental Defense Fund edf.org/offices/raleigh-north-carolina

NC Pollinators http://bit.ly/polptsf

Books

In Defense of Food  by Michael Pollan  (also PBS show)

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide for Faith and Sustainable Living by Dawn M. Nothwehr OSF 

Listening for the Heartbeat of God – A Celtic Spirituality by J. Philip Newell (church library)

Solar Storms by Linda Hogan

Ask the Beasts by Elizabeth Johnson

Black Nature edited by Camille T. Dungy

When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature by Thomas Merton

Regeneration — follow up to drawdown – Paul Hawkens

The Nature of Nature—Eric Sala

Drawdown—Paul Hawkens

Braiding Sweet Grass – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Sharon Delgado’s — The Cross in the Midst of Creation:  Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World
Harriet A. Washington –“A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind” 

 

Movies

The Pope, the Environmental Crisis, and Frontline Leaders | The Letter: Laudato Si Film – YouTube  THE LETTER

Dear Parents, do You Love Your Kids (2023) – YouTube  – 5 minutes

(715) Laudato Si’ animation | CAFOD – YouTube   Introduction video to Laudato Si

My Octopus Teacher

Kiss the Ground: about putting carbon back in the Earth: netflix.com/title/81321999

Our Planet  youtube.com/watch?v=GfO-3Oir-qM

Remothering the Land: (10 Min) https://www.patagonia.com/regenerative-organic/

Just Faith option justfaith.org/sacred-land-food-and-farming/

“The Tree of Life” 2011 Brad Pitt; Sean Penn; Jessica Chastain

The True Cost” documentary on the fashion industry

The Story of Plastic youtube.com/watch?v=PCNanJNJ8JA

“Our Planet” (8-episode documentary) ourplanet.com/en/

“The Story of Plastic” (unavailable?)

“Under Contract” Chicken industry in NC youtube.com/watch?v=yS5GJYlHkp4

bullfrogfilms.com  source from Larry P.  Earth Day Festival-in-a-box special if you place an order for multiple titles at once. Three titles: $250 Five titles: $400 Seven titles: $550

From Heather:

“What the Health” – personal stories of NC community sick (cancer epidemic) from hog farming waste Forks Over Knives

“Cowspiracy” (these 2 made by the same guy)

“Game Changers”

“Forks Over Knives” – Dr. Esselstyn – renowned expert in the field.

 Keeping the Earth religious & scientific perspective on the environment  youtube.com/watch?v=_KU2yresk8g

 

Talks

NASA guy – great climate change explanation: youtube.com/watch?v=vc6ewwJvunI

transportation: cnn.com/videos/us/2022/01/25/carbon-footprint-climate-change-orig-me.cnn

nytimes.com/2022/08/09/opinion/lawns-water-environment.html?smid=em-share lawns killing us (5 min)

How to talk to people

ted.com/talks/john_marshall_3_strategies_for_effectively_talking_about_climate_change

Street gardens   ted.com/talks/pam_warhurst_how_we_can_eat_our_landscapes

Greta Thunburg  youtube.com/watch?v=TMrtLsQbaok

 Problem with Plastics ted.com/talks/patricia_villarrubia_gomez_the_problem_with_plastics_and_how_they_re_changing_the_environment?mc_cid=e3027d2a12&mc_eid=5327ef67bd

Drawdown presentation https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/lB48Bb2g7NjKxMeQC3Bkz7Os-RAOuYYx756Uw4emb6mn9loF2uPnG9C5ELSEjle–wzCbhLTKM0p-xQ3.-zmNWvwhpJsCHwE8?continueMode=true

Colleen on veganism Colleen on impact of Vegan Diet and https://youtu.be/Mkknr6Cbq4s (5 min version)

God’s Creation Needs You  catholicclimatecovenant.org/resources/gods-creation-needs-you-a/

Steve Andrews Homily Nov 19 on Laudato Si and Care for Creation – Global Warming

 

Articles

A year’s trash in a tiny jar: (berkeleyside.org)

The Way We Eat

 Reduce Carbon Footprint https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/12/15/opinion/how-reduce-carbon-footprint-climate-change.html?campaign_id=39&emc=edit_ty_20221216&instance_id=80337&nl=opinion-today&regi_id=66397236&segment_id=120013&te=1&user_id=e1f2622c968e490cc9c569c5d3f7c694

Climate Indifference https://reflections.yale.edu/article/faith-not-fear-varieties-christian-practice/climate-crisis-indifference-not-our-watch

Food’s Big Water Footprint https://www.watercalculator.org/footprint/foods-big-water-footprint/

Activities and Apps

Abundant Living worksheet https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/earth-day-2023-simple-living-gods-vision-abundant-life

Activity to build awareness of nature around us creationcarealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CCA-Neighborhood-Natives-Scavenger-Hunt.pdf

Program to manage power consumption at home duke-energy.com/home/products/power-manager

App to identify things in nature Seek by iNaturalist

Eco voter movement  huffpost.com/entry/environmental-voters_n_60523a97c5b6f2f91a2e4d09?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006

Local litter pickup:  ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/environmental/adoptahighway/Pages/coordinators.aspx

NC native trees  leaflimb.com/10-Native-Trees-to-Plant-in-North-Carolina/  NC native trees

Hiking in Raleigh  raleighnc.gov/find-a-trail  hiking in Raleigh

Activity ideas from REI  rei.com/blog/stewardship/how-to-take-climate-action 

Pollinator garden tours growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/2021-pollinator-garden-tours/

Zero waste grocery shopping popsci.com/diy/zero-waste-grocery-shopping/

Recipes minimalistbaker.com/recipe-index/

Composting and earth worms   content.ces.ncsu.edu/worms-can-recycle-your-garbage 

Worm source  urbanwormcompany.com/buy-worms-in-north-carolina

Recipes: minimalistbaker.com/recipe-index

Build Awareness: creationcarealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CCA-Neighborhood-Natives-Scavenge

 

Just for Fun

Burger King climate effort – https://www.google.com/search?q=burger+king+cow+fars++long+version&sca_esv=be445f0cc062ab15&sca_upv=1&sxsrf=ADLYWIL8iWlNCdvPBoy2JUk7NtB-_t8CMw%3A1715021387998&source=hp&ei=SyY5ZpL5OduLkPIP7Pe5yAU&iflsig=AL9hbdgAAAAAZjk0W_Vqge_XEwFPC8Gio0ebwUYoUzh3&ved=0ahUKEwjSyvHE2PmFAxXbBUQIHex7DlkQ4dUDCBg&uact=5&oq=burger+king+cow+fars++long+version&gs_lp=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&sclient=gws-wiz#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:5047fbdb,vid:H1P79FwKuWg,st:0