Resources supporting the CARFLEO Conference on March 28 & 29, 2019 – Land and Water: Sacred Gifts of the Creator
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Pope Francis at his installation mass proclaimed, “”Let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” This statement follows the footsteps of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI who called for ecological conversion. Even further back we see Pope Francis emulation his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi who was the patron of ecology as was St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19)
Anam Duan Ecology Centre The Anam Earth Center for Sustainability and Culture is a dba of Anam Duan. Anam Duan is 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 Arborvitae a company based in Toronto, creates deeply reflective opportunities for people to nurture their spirituality through nature and realize the benefit of connecting with earth, air, light and water for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
The British Carmelite Friars’ “Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation,” Integral to the Carmelite charism is a commitment to building peace, upholding justice, and maintaining the integrity of God’s Creation (sometimes abbreviated to JPIC). The Carmelite Family in Britain and across the world seeks to preach Christ’s Good News and build up God’s kingdom on earth by living in solidarity with 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 participants include a dozen national Catholic organizations including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, launched The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor to encourage greater personal and shared engagement by the Catholic community to respond to the impacts of climate 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 climate change and regularly stressed the necessity of an ecological conversion and a different and more sober style of life. In his encyclical «Laudato si» Pope Francis has flagged up this idea with his concept of an «integrate ecology» that underscores the link between the protection of the environment and climate, the fight against poverty, social justice, economy and politics.
Catholic Earthcare Australia As an agency of the Catholic Bishops Commission for Justice and Service, Catholic Earthcare Australia’s mission is to help promote understanding among people that Creation is sacred and endangered, and must be protected and sustained for present and future generations yet unborn.
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation
Christian Ecology Link Catholic Page Includes ecological statements by Pope John Paul II.
Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship Followed by commentary by Bill Jacobs, Catholic Conservation Centre, UK.
Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools 2.0 This CD resource, published by ICE and the EOCCC contains a wealth of information related to Catholic Education Week’s theme: And God Saw that it was Good. Look under the Catholic Theme: Stewardship for Creation to find resources from Scripture, Tradition, websites, quotes and much more.
Development of Catholic Social Teaching on Environmental Justice and Care of Creation Archdiocese of Hartford
Earthday Canada Earth Day, which occurs each April 22, began in 1970 to promote constructive and sustainable environmental values, actions and solutions. Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national environmental communications organization and a registered charity, which coordinates Earth Day/Earth Month events. The web site includes the “Ecokids” link that is set up for student learning; information on the Toyota Scholarship fund; and a page about EcoAction Teams. EcoAction Teams is a simple, practical program that Canadians can implement in their own homes. The program provides the tools and resources to reduce your household’s impact on the environment, while saving money at the same time. An extensive list of school speakers can be found on the EcoKids web site. School Earth Day events can be registered on-line and there are programs to assist in event planning. –Mary Louise Colantonio
Environmental Education Ontario (EEON) Environmental Education Ontario is a coalition of professionals working to raise awareness of the importance of environmental and sustainability education across sectors of society in our province. EEON has taken the lead by facilitating the development and implementation of a public strategic plan for the growth of environmental learning. This web site includes the above mentioned plan and gives ways to promote environmental literacy across the curriculum from preschool to grade 12.
Envirolink The on-line environmental community Envirolink website provides news, resources and links for a variety of ecological as well as animal rights issues. It has a wealth of resources as well as actions you can take. For teachers they have links to Educational Resources by topic. The website is maintained by volunteers. “EnviroLink is a non-profit organization… a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information 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 Friars Minor St. Francis had a profound respect for all of life. He experienced true solidarity with the poor and marginalized. As he embraced Lady Poverty, Francis was freed to live very simply, making peace in every encounter. It is these values that inspire our JPIC efforts. We work to bring about justice and peace in our world, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression and the destruction of our planet. Our efforts are often directed at the systems that cause this oppression and destruction. We work in collaboration with Franciscans and others around the world. We believe that these common efforts are gradually transforming our world.
In the Fullness of Creation: An Eastern Orthodox look at Creation by Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew
Laudato Si and Study Resources
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- Catholic Relief Services
- Canadian Bishops (A Church Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada) and Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ of Pope Francis is welcomed throughout Canada
- Development and Peace
- Franciscan Action Network
- Global Catholic Movement
- Redemptorists Province of Oceania
- United States Bishops Resources
The National Ecology Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order The Ecology Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States of America has as its mission to witness prophetically that all creation, animate and inanimate, is of God and redeemed by Christ, and that the earth is sacred because it is the Lord’s.
Papal Statements on ecology
- Joint Declaration on the Environment by Pope John Paul II
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople
- Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the Eighth International Symposium on Religion, Science, and the Environment
- Papal and other Magisterial Statements from Catholic Voices Canada
Renewing the Earth An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching A Pastoral Statement of the United States Catholic Conference November 14, 1991
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center This is a very simple website that has a collection of writings on ecology and the environment from a variety of Catholic sources with a catholic slant. It is one page where everything is laid out for you. The website states that “Long before the current ecological movement developed, saints taught respect for all of God’s Creation. The mission of the Catholic Conservation Center is to promote ecology, environmental justice, and the stewardship of Creation in light of sacred Scripture and living Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. The center is faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.”
Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is a non-governmental organization that provides an activist voice for local Toronto concerns. TEA focuses on five environmental campaigns: smog and climate change, waste, water, toxics, and transit. TEA not only actively lobbies local governments about environmental policy, but also conducts research and educates the public. Teachers can find useful information about local environmental issues under the campaigns link. — Sarah Schmidt
United Nations Environment Network This informative website is an excellent source for researching specific environmental themes such as freshwater, climate change, etc., or environmental issues associated with certain geographical regions. The site includes recent announcements on environmental issues, current international initiatives, and resources that vary from maps and graphics, to State of the Environment reports. — Sarah Schmidt
Web of Creation Web of Creation is an organization dedicated to inspire individuals as well as communities to build a just and sustainable world. One can find numerous ideas regarding humans’ responsibility to become stewards of creation in sections such as Religious education, Personal lifestyle, Worship, Congregational lifestyle and public ministry and advocacy. It is a great site to challenge our current lifestyle as well as wasteful use of resources. It also allows us to see the link between our actions and the degradation of the natural environment. Overall, it is a good site, however I would question and challenge some of their assumptions and views especially the ones dealing with setting up sustainability levels and the notion of overpopulation. — J. Koprianiuk
World Wildlife Fund The World Wild Life Fund website contains information on one of the world’s most influential groups. This site provides information on how members of the WWF are promoting issues to help reduce factors that contribute to global pollution, destruction of our ecosystem, and degradation of the planet’s natural resources. Students and teachers can become politically and socially active by donating to WWF, adopting an endangered species, and discussing the importance of preserving and protection our world. These activities can be implemented in geography, business and religion courses. — Filomena Ferraro
Thanks to Tony Cosentino (Renfrew CDSB) and teachers from York CDSB AQ courses.
March 22 is World Water Day
This year’s theme – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.
When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.
Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods. -from the World Water Day site.
More UN Water resources
Water, An Essential Element of Life (Vatican statement)
The management of water and sanitation must address the needs of all, and particularly of persons living in poverty. Inadequate access to safe drinking water affects the well being of over one billion persons and more than twice that number have no adequate sanitation. This all too often is the cause of disease, unnecessary suffering, conflicts, poverty and even death. This situation is characterized by countless unacceptable injustices.
Pope Francis has already made it clear that the availability and care of the world’s water 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 the subject of water specifically. more
In 2017, the Vatican hosted an International Conference on Water: Watershed
ROME – Too much, too little, too dirty, undervalued. When water supplies are out of sync with human and environmental needs, life suffers. Adequate water for all means adapting decades-old management practices to fast-changing ecological conditions while expanding the circle of participants in decision making: from a narrow technical-managerial focus to an embrace of ethical, moral, and cultural perspectives from all ages and social classes. This broad perspective should be strengthened by scientific and satellite 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 related to water.
Education for Justice Water Resources (Some require login)
Justice and Peace Office (Australia) has World Water Day resources.
Catholic Relief Service: Every Day is World Water Day
Council of Canadians: Water Resources
The Council of Canadians is a leader in fights to protect Canada’s freshwater sources. Our campaign work focuses on recognizing water as part of a shared commons. Water is a human right and as such, must be protected from privatization, pollution and bulk exports. We are campaigning to protect the Great Lakes from pollution, misuse and government neglect. We are working to stop fracking, a natural gas extraction process that uses and pollutes massive volumes of water. We encourage community empowerment and involvement through our “Blue Communities Project.” In Canada, there is no national strategy to address urgent water issues and federal leadership to conserve and protect our water has been missing. We are campaigning for a National Water Policy that will safeguard communities’ water. Water is vital to people’s health and livelihoods. Join us in taking action to protect water!