Creation Care

Pope Francis called upon all people of the earth to confront the 
environmental crisis in his Papal Letter: Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home. 

If you would like to read Pope Francis’ Papal Letter: Papal Letter Laudato Si' 

 

Notre Dame Parish is committed to caring for God’s gift of creation.
As a parish we are:
~programing thermostats to energy efficient settings & turning off lights
~recycling
~using compostable plates & plastic ware
~encouraging electronic donations & using email where possible
~participating in the West Essex Ministerial Association Green Team
~utilizing new energy efficient air conditioning in the parish center
~installing energy efficient lighting throughout parish center and church
To involve our parishioners, we will be:
~adding a “Creation Care” section in the bulletin to educate & share practical tips we can implement in our daily lives
~sponsoring programs and speakers to educate and engage the parish and the community at large
~increasing awareness for Youth Ministry, all families and children
~creating a “Creation Care Team”
~continuing to look for new ways to help in the climate crisis

“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak 
the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, 
consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” Pope Francis

 

Creation Care Ideas!

  • Global warming impacts nearly every area of our lives and requires us to rethink the way we live, work, and get around. The average US citizen has a carbon footprint of around 36,000 pounds a year– one of the highest figures in the world. The fight against global warming requires cooperation between nations, governments, and corporations, but many of the biggest changes come down to our choices as individuals. Do you know how much your daily life impacts the climate? You can calculate your impact using the EPA’s Carbon Footprint Calculator. Visit: https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/

 

  • Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we need to use public transportation, carpool, bike or walk when possible. Did you know that idling can use up to ½ gallon of fuel per hour? We need to turn off our engines when our cars are stopped.  A few minutes of idling everyday can cost you several dollars a week, put hazardous pollutants in the air, and put needless greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you will prevent a pound of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.  What an easy way to make a difference!

 

  • We can significantly reduce our carbon footprint by paying attention to the way we drive. Drive the speed limit and maintain a steady speed when possible. Anticipate stops so you can slow down by taking your foot off the gas instead of continuing to accelerate followed by a hard stop.  This will save fuel, your brakes, and make your driving style safer. Keep the AC at a comfortable level versus blasting it. Going on the highway? Use cruise control.  It is generally more efficient than human drivers which will increase fuel efficiency.

 

  • Regular tune-ups for your car can significantly affect your car’s fuel efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. You can improve your gas mileage up to 3% just by properly inflating your tires! Planning your trips can help the climate too. When possible, try to travel during rush hour. If you can’t, perhaps a traffic app can show you a more efficient way to avoid the worst traffic jams.  When running errands, try to consider what other errands you can perform while you are out to prevent multiple trips. With a little planning, we can help reduce our carbon footprint and help the earth.