Consistent with Catholic social teaching and our Holy Father’s call in Laudato Si, St. Monica’s Green team is dedicated to protecting our Common Home. We are committed to improving energy efficiency, creating a culture of conservation and natural resource stewardship, and transforming our social values into actions. We will accomplish this by providing tools, training and service so that our congregation can live more sustainably and in solidarity with all of God’s Creation, including the most vulnerable among us.
May 17 marks the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, the landmark encyclical authored by Pope Francis on the environment. Read the encyclical here!
We finally made it to summer. Sun, blue skies, and BBQs. And I’m going to guess, since COVID, you have had to rethink how to spend (socially distanced) time outside with family and pod friends.
Since our backyards and patios are some of the only safe spaces left, BBQing is a saving grace. These outdoor meals, however, can also produce a lot of plastic waste. Have single use paper plates, silverware, cups, food packaging, and plastic water bottles crept back in your life?
Here are a few tips to remind yourself that even in the time of COVID we still need to protect the planet:
If you want guests to compost food scraps, make the compost bin prominent, and even consider making a sign letting people know what can and can’t go in it. Same with recycling.
And of course, WEAR YOUR MASK!
This time of year, gardens (and farmers markets) have abundant fresh tomatoes and zucchini. In addition to gazpacho or a warm tomato soup, Vegan Tortilla Soup, can be a nice way to make the most of tomatoes while they are in season. The recipe is from the website ForksoverKnives website.