Fact: The fossil fuel industry is emitting five times more carbon than civilisation can handle. Despite this, major banks and businesses still invest in fossil fuels. This includes your pension provider.
Make sure that your hard-earned income is not causing environmental harm. Is your bank making unethical and damaging investments?
- Investigate your service providers and explore if they are taking measures to protect the planet. If they aren’t, you might want to switch providers. Learn more about ethical banking here.
If you can, take some time to visit a wind farm, especially if you have never been to one.
Approach it as a contemplation, rather than an investigation. Marvel at how humans can harness the wind to produce energy.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
- Pray for the imagination to engage creatively to work for a more just and sustainable world.
To make an impact on a global level, we need to know what is happening in our local areas. This month, we are encouraging you to write to your local councillors and see how seriously they are taking climate change where you live.
This will take 2 minutes of your time:
-Simply copy the template email below
-Find your local councillor here
-Paste the template email in the box and send it off to them
Dear [INSERT NAME],
As I am sure you are aware, 2021 is a big occasion for the UK on the international stage. We have recently hosted the G7 meeting and in November we will host the UN’s COP26.
I believe that these events can harness real change in tackling the climate crisis. I also understand that if this change is to happen then it is important that we make a difference on a local level.
I hope that you share my concern for the climate crisis but more importantly that we can agree to take action to save our common home. For these reasons I wanted to ask what our council is doing on environmental issues.
Specifically, I ask if you could answer the following:
-How is our council planning to develop its waste management processes and in what ways are you being forward-thinking in your approach to recycling
-How are you best using our educational services to advocate to and educate youth on matters of sustainability and climate change?
-What is being done to reduce carbon emissions?
It is important that we act in the interests of the climate on a local level so that we can support and encourage the government in hosting COP26 by making a difference immediately.
I look forward to hearing back from you,
Cars are a major polluter, accounting for 60.7% of total CO2 emissions from road transport in Europe. You can help to reduce the carbon emissions in your local area by walking more. Ditch the drive to the shops and try your best to use public transport for long distances. Reduce carbon, and enjoy the environmental and mental health benefits of choosing to walk instead!
St. Ignatius saw himself as a pilgrim. Even today Jesuits place great emphasis on the idea of a pilgrimage. It is a journey of discovery, of companionship and dependence on God. It is a passage to a holy place which calls for a sense of wonder and awe. As we travel together on this journey for humanity we are reminded of Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si.
“Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start… (LS 204).”
In the month of June we pray for the intercession of St Ignatius the pilgrim.
Jesuit Missions is part of the Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. This month, we are encouraging you to sign the Climate Coalition’s declaration for a healthy, greener, fairer tomorrow.
The declaration is addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling him to take immediate action for our planet. The more signatures gained, the more pressure it is for politicians to deliver at the COP26.
Sign up to Growing our Future today, and we will email you the simple steps needed to take action by signing the Climate Coalition declaration on the 14 May.
Additional Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from human activities such as burning fossil fuels, is a direct cause of climate change. Plants help to mend our common home by absorbing Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
Make the most of Spring by taking up gardening. Whether you decide on growing your own vegetables to eat or flowers to admire, you’ll be helping suck up the CO2 damaging our Common Home.
Did you know over a lifetime of 100 years, one tree could absorb around a tonne of CO2!!
If you are one of the first 500 people to sign up to Growing our Future, we will send you free seeds to get you started.
St Ignatius speaks of attachments. What are those attitudes, emotions, or material objects that keep an individual from God?
This month we will be reflecting on our attachments and how letting go can be good for us, and our common home.