Resourcessupporting the CARFLEO Conference on March 28 & 29, 2019– Landand Water: Sacred Gifts of the Creator
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Pope Francis at his installationmass proclaimed, “”Let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors ofGod’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of theenvironment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany theadvance of this world!” This statement follows the footsteps of Pope John PaulII and Pope Benedict XVI who called for ecological conversion. Even furtherback we see Pope Francis emulation his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi who wasthe patron of ecology as was St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for therevealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19)
Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre is owned and staffed by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. This historic building on the shores of Lake Ontario has a long and varied history. We value holistic spirituality inclusive of all peoples and all the earth. We approach ministry and programs from an ecological, inter-faith and justice-oriented stance. Our centre offers a quiet, relaxing environment in which to rest, pray, reflect and be renewed in body and spirit. This the home of our guest speaker, Mary Rowell csj.
Anam Duan Ecology Centre The Anam Earth Center for Sustainability and Culture in New York State gets its name from the Irish Anam meaning “Life” or “Spirit” and Duan meaning “Song” or “Poem.” Pronounced AN’ um DOO’ an, it means the lifesong that binds together people, communities, cultures, the natural environment, and all life.
Arborvitae Arborvitaea company based in Toronto, creates deeply reflective opportunities for peopleto nurture their spirituality through nature and realize the benefit ofconnecting with earth, air, light and water for their physical, mental,emotional and spiritual selves.
The British Carmelite Friars’ “Justice, Peace and theIntegrity of Creation,” Integralto the Carmelite charism is a commitment to building peace, upholding justice,and maintaining the integrity of God’s Creation (sometimes abbreviated toJPIC). The Carmelite Family in Britain and across the world seeks to preachChrist’s Good News and build up God’s kingdom on earth by living in solidaritywith the planet and its people.
The Catholic Climate Covenant seeks to show respect for God’s creation by focusing on the link between creation and poverty embodied in the life and ministry of St. Francis and the words of the Psalmist: “The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds.” (Ps 24:1)
The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, whose participantsinclude a dozen national Catholic organizations including the U.S. Conferenceof Catholic Bishops, launched The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. FrancisPledge to Care for Creation and the Poor to encourage greater personal andshared engagement by the Catholic community to respond to the impacts ofclimate change.
The Catholic Church in the European Union: Ecology and Sustainability In the Treaties the European Union professes the principles of sustainability, the protection of the environment and the fight against the causes and effects of climate change. Regularly these ambitions are in conflict with other aims of the EU like economic growth, agriculture and industrial policy.
Since 2008 COMECE has been engaged with the topic of climatechange and regularly stressed the necessity of an ecological conversion and adifferent and more sober style of life. In his encyclical «Laudato si» PopeFrancis has flagged up this idea with his concept of an «integrate ecology»that underscores the link between the protection of the environment andclimate, the fight against poverty, social justice, economy and politics.
Catholic Earthcare Australia Asan agency of the Catholic Bishops Commission for Justice and Service, CatholicEarthcare Australia’s mission is to help promote understanding among peoplethat Creation is sacred and endangered, and must be protected and sustained forpresent and future generations yet unborn.
Catholic Social Teaching: Carefor Creation
Christian Ecology Link Catholic Page Includesecological statements by Pope John Paul II.
Cornwall Declaration on EnvironmentalStewardship Followed bycommentary by Bill Jacobs, Catholic Conservation Centre, UK.
Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools 2.0 ThisCD resource, published by ICE and the EOCCC contains a wealth of informationrelated to Catholic Education Week’s theme: And God Saw that it was Good. Lookunder the Catholic Theme: Stewardship for Creation to find resources fromScripture, Tradition, websites, quotes and much more.
Developmentof Catholic Social Teaching on Environmental Justice and Care of CreationArchdiocese of Hartford
Earthday Canada EarthDay, which occurs each April 22, began in 1970 to promote constructive andsustainable environmental values, actions and solutions. Earth Day Canada (EDC)is a national environmental communications organization and a registeredcharity, which coordinates Earth Day/Earth Month events. The web site includesthe “Ecokids” link that is set up for student learning; information on theToyota Scholarship fund; and a page about EcoAction Teams. EcoAction Teams is asimple, practical program that Canadians can implement in their own homes. Theprogram provides the tools and resources to reduce your household’s impact onthe environment, while saving money at the same time. An extensive list ofschool speakers can be found on the EcoKids web site. School Earth Day eventscan be registered on-line and there are programs to assist in event planning. –MaryLouise Colantonio
Environmental Education Ontario (EEON) EnvironmentalEducation Ontario is a coalition of professionals working to raise awareness ofthe importance of environmental and sustainability education across sectors ofsociety in our province. EEON has taken the lead by facilitating thedevelopment and implementation of a public strategic plan for the growth ofenvironmental learning. This web site includes the above mentioned plan andgives ways to promote environmental literacy across the curriculum frompreschool to grade 12.
Envirolink The on-line environmentalcommunity Envirolink websiteprovides news, resources and links for a variety of ecological as well asanimal rights issues. It has a wealth of resources as well as actions you cantake. For teachers they have links to Educational Resources by topic. Thewebsite is maintained by volunteers. “EnviroLink is a non-profit organization…a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations andvolunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries.EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmentalinformation and news.”–David Eamor
Government of Canada: Climate Change This Government of Canada website explains climate change, the greenhouse effect and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are links to resources for teachers and students. Teachers can order a climate change teaching kit or find out what Canada is doing to combat climate change. The site is very simply written so students could use it to research climate change. In the resources for teachers there are also education projects, sources for school project funding and classroom information such as fact sheets and solar car kits available for purchase.–Mary Louise Colantonio
Integrity for Creation Resources of the Order of FriarsMinor St. Francis had a profound respect for all of life.He experienced true solidarity with the poor and marginalized. As he embracedLady Poverty, Francis was freed to live very simply, making peace in everyencounter. It is these values that inspire our JPIC efforts. We work to bring aboutjustice and peace in our world, to end violence and war, poverty and oppressionand the destruction of our planet. Our efforts are often directed at thesystems that cause this oppression and destruction. We work in collaborationwith Franciscans and others around the world. We believe that these commonefforts are gradually transforming our world.
In the Fullness of Creation:An Eastern Orthodox look at Creation by Ecumenical Orthodox PatriarchBartholomew
Laudato Si andStudy Resources
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- Catholic Relief Services
- Canadian Bishops (AChurch Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada)and Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ ofPope Francis is welcomed throughout Canada
- Development and Peace
- Franciscan Action Network
- Global Catholic Movement
- Redemptorists Province of Oceania
- UnitedStates Bishops Resources
The National Ecology Commission of the NationalFraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order TheEcology Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Orderin the United States of America has as its mission to witness propheticallythat all creation, animate and inanimate, is of God and redeemed by Christ, andthat the earth is sacred because it is the Lord’s.
Papal Statements on ecology
- Joint Declaration on the Environment by Pope John Paul IIand Orthodox
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople
- Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew on the occasion of the Eighth International Symposium on Religion,Science, and the Environment
- Papaland other Magisterial Statements from Catholic Voices Canada
Renewing the Earth AnInvitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic SocialTeaching A Pastoral Statement of the United States Catholic Conference November14, 1991
St. Kateri Tekakwitha ConservationCenter Thisis a very simple website that has a collection of writings on ecology and theenvironment from a variety of Catholic sources with a catholic slant. It is onepage where everything is laid out for you. The website states that “Long beforethe current ecological movement developed, saints taught respect for all ofGod’s Creation. The mission of the Catholic Conservation Center is to promoteecology, environmental justice, and the stewardship of Creation in light ofsacred Scripture and living Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. The centeris faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.”
Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) TorontoEnvironmental Alliance (TEA) is a non-governmental organization that providesan activist voice for local Toronto concerns. TEA focuses on fiveenvironmental campaigns: smog and climate change, waste, water, toxics, andtransit. TEA not only actively lobbies local governments aboutenvironmental policy, but also conducts research and educates thepublic. Teachers can find useful information about local environmentalissues under the campaigns link. — Sarah Schmidt
United Nations Environment Network Thisinformative website is an excellent source for researching specificenvironmental themes such as freshwater, climate change, etc., or environmentalissues associated with certain geographical regions. The site includesrecent announcements on environmental issues, current internationalinitiatives, and resources that vary from maps and graphics, to State of theEnvironment reports. — Sarah Schmidt
Web of Creation Webof Creation is an organization dedicated to inspire individuals as well ascommunities to build a just and sustainable world. One can find numerous ideasregarding humans’ responsibility to become stewards of creation in sectionssuch as Religious education, Personal lifestyle, Worship, Congregationallifestyle and public ministry and advocacy. It is a great site to challenge ourcurrent lifestyle as well as wasteful use of resources. It also allows us tosee the link between our actions and the degradation of the naturalenvironment. Overall, it is a good site, however I would question and challengesome of their assumptions and views especially the ones dealing with setting upsustainability levels and the notion of overpopulation. — J. Koprianiuk
World Wildlife Fund TheWorld Wild Life Fund website contains information on one of the world’s mostinfluential groups. This site provides information on how members of the WWFare promoting issues to help reduce factors that contribute to globalpollution, destruction of our ecosystem, and degradation of the planet’snatural resources. Students and teachers can become politically and sociallyactive by donating to WWF, adopting an endangered species, and discussing theimportance of preserving and protection our world. These activities can beimplemented in geography, business and religion courses. — Filomena Ferraro
Thanks to Tony Cosentino (Renfrew CDSB) and teachers from YorkCDSB AQ courses.
March22 is World Water Day
Thisyear’s theme – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcomethe water challenges of the 21st century.
Environmentaldamage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises wesee around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse bydegraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.
Whenwe neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the waterwe need to survive and thrive.
Nature-basedsolutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need todo so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers tofloodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improvehuman health and livelihoods. -from the World Water Day site.
Water, An Essential Element of Life (Vatican statement)
Themanagement of water and sanitation must address the needs of all, andparticularly of persons living in poverty. Inadequate access to safe drinkingwater affects the well being of over one billion persons and more than twicethat number have no adequate sanitation. This all too often is the cause ofdisease, unnecessary suffering, conflicts, poverty and even death. Thissituation is characterized by countless unacceptable injustices.
PopeFrancis has already made it clear that the availability and care of the world’swater sources must be a global priority. In his encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home), the word“water” appears 47 times—22 occurrences within articles 27-30 which treat thesubject of water specifically. more
In2017, the Vatican hosted an International Conference on Water: Watershed
ROME – Too much, too little, too dirty, undervalued. Whenwater supplies are out of sync with human and environmental needs, lifesuffers. Adequate water for all means adapting decades-old management practicesto fast-changing ecological conditions while expanding the circle ofparticipants in decision making: from a narrow technical-managerial focus to anembrace of ethical, moral, and cultural perspectives from all ages and socialclasses. This broad perspective should be strengthened by scientific andsatellite data that reveal water’s deep connection to food and energy systems,and animated by narratives that unite the sacred and the mundane. Read More
Development and Peace/Caritas Canada has numerous resources relatedto water.
Education for Justice WaterResources (Some require login)
Justiceand Peace Office (Australia) has World Water Day resources.
UN Water There is no single UN entity dedicated exclusively to water issues. Over 30 UN organizations carry out water and sanitation programmes, reflecting the fact that water issues run through all of the UN’s main focus areas. UN-Water’s role is to coordinate so that the UN family ‘delivers as one’ in response to water related challenges.
CatholicRelief Service: Every Day is World Water Day
Councilof Canadians: WaterResources
TheCouncil of Canadians is a leader in fights to protect Canada’s freshwatersources. Our campaign work focuses on recognizing water as part of a sharedcommons. Water is a human right and as such, must be protected fromprivatization, pollution and bulk exports. We are campaigning to protect theGreat Lakes from pollution, misuse and government neglect. We are working tostop fracking, a natural gas extraction process that uses and pollutes massivevolumes of water. We encourage community empowerment and involvement throughour “Blue Communities Project.” In Canada, there is no national strategy toaddress urgent water issues and federal leadership to conserve and protect ourwater has been missing. We are campaigning for a National Water Policy thatwill safeguard communities’ water. Water is vital to people’s health andlivelihoods. Join us in taking action to protect water!