Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

Earth Day

Earth Day has been celebrated around the world since 1970 by people from all walks of life who care for and are concerned about protecting and preserving our environment for generations to come. April 22nd is the designated day but we celebrate Earth Day every day. There are several themes for this year’s Earth Day. Invest in our Planet is this year's EarthDay.org theme – focusing on the effects of climate change and looks at what efforts are being made in the world to mitigate climate change.

The Catholic Climate Covenant theme for Earth Day, 2022 is Integral Ecology: Pursuing the Common Good for Our Common Home – a theme that helps us connect a variety of issues that relate to creation care. Below are some ways that you can help make a difference and celebrate Earth Day year-round.
 

Sustainable Eating

Mederi Center (Holistic Health and Healing) is investing in our planet by offering suggestions for eating sustainably. “Food has both an environmental footprint and ecological footprint. Food production can negatively alter ecosystems and conventionally grown food requires enormous resources to produce. Instead of eating these foods and buying food products that are transported halfway around the world to reach our homes, we can change our buying habits in such a way that supports both personal and environmental health.”

  • Eat seasonal foods – “Many fruits and vegetables can be bought throughout the year, but most of the time they are imported products, or they have been preserved in cold storage, during which greenhouse gases are emitted. Consuming seasonal foods means that they are at their optimum maturation point, making them extra tasty and nutritious.”

  • Consume local products – “The main advantage of these products is their energy savings and the reduction of greenhouse gases since the product isn’t transported from afar. “Buying local” also helps to strengthen local economies and support neighborhood markets, shops, and locally owned or operated restaurants4. Look for a farmer’s market in your community to support local food production. 

  • Reduce your meat and fish intake – “On your next visit to the grocery store, try filling your shopping cart with more vegetables and fruits than products of animal origin. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate meat, fish, or dairy, just include them in your food plan in a more moderate way.”

  • Don’t waste food – Create a meal plan and buy only the food that you need so you can avoid having to throw away food that’s gone bad. 

  • Buy less processed foods – Processed foods, apart from being harmful to our health, are mostly packaged foods that generate more waste and have a multitude of ingredients and additives that contribute to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Buying in bulk can help us buy just what we need, as well as reduce the use of plastic. Reusable cloth bags, baskets, and glass containers can also be used at the grocery store to cut back on the use of disposable plastic.”
     

Recycling Newspaper and Plastic Use Reduction

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“Nowadays who’s not prone to hurricanes? …  As the Isle de Jean Charles vanishes beneath rising waters, a handful of residents choose to remain, anchored to their homeland. This is a story not only about loss, but about love – love of home, of land, of bayou, and of the powerful and intricate web of relationships that exist between people and an island.”

—Chris Brunet, Isle de Jean Charles