Parish Resources: Integrity of Creation
The Oblate JPIC Office has updated environmental brochures on five basic consumer issues:
- Focus on Food (PDF download)
- A Look at Fair Trade (PDF download)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (PDF download)
- Earth-Friendly Products (PDF download)
- Hints for Saving Water in Your Yard (PDF download)
Faith and Ecology
Care for All of Creation is Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center’s new six session process for faith communities to explore faith and ecology. It looks at the Universe Story, Toxics, Global Warming, Social, Economic, Environmental Interdependence, Water and Greening the Parish. Each session includes prayer, education, catholic social teaching, analysis, discussion, signs of hope and action.
- USCCB Resources on Environmental Justice
- Climate Change Justice and Health Initiative
- USCCB Campaign on Children’s Health and the Environment
- Caring for God’s Creation (PDF from the New Jersey Catholic Coalition for Environmental Justice) – This is an eight-session reflection and discussion guide on protecting creation.
- Catholic Coalition on Climate Change – Resources
- Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change
- Climate Science in Six Well-Documented Findings
- Debunking the Urban Legends of Climate Change
- “This is Your Home” Global Climate Change PowerPoint Presentation and Study Guide created by the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan
- Operation NOAH – Climate Abuse. Our Problem. Our Solution.
- Parish Resources from Operation Noah
- Energy Stewardship Guide for Congregations (National Council of Churches resource)
- Bottom Line Ministries that Matter: Congregational Stewardship with Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies (PDF) – NCC Resource
- Become an Energy Star Congregation (Program of the US EPA)
- Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration on Extractive Industries (PDF)
- Glittering, Ghastly Gold (PDF) – The impact of mining on water resources
Humans are stripping nature at an unprecedented rate and will need two planets’ worth of natural resources every year by 2050 based on current trends, according to the World Wildlife Fund in 2006 – a rate that is clearly unsustainable. Learn about our use of “stuff’ and what we can do to move toward a more sustainable future.
- Story of Stuff – A 20-minute video that tracks where our ‘stuff’ comes from, the impact of its production on people and the planet, and where it ultimately goes. Available in English and with subtitles in many languages.
- Hints for Saving Water in Your Yard (PDF)
- Water Stewards: A Toolkit for Congregational Care of Local Watersheds (PDF)
- Troubled Waters (NCC/UCC DVD on the growing global water crisis)
- Waters of Life: Enough for All (NCC Earth Day 2003 Congregational Resources)
- Water, An Essential Element for Life: A Note prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as a contribution of the Holy See to the Third World Water Forum (2003)
Church World Service Resources on Water:
- Poisoned Skies, Troubled Waters (PDF)
- A River in their Veins: Indigenous People along the Pilcomayo (PDF)
- Drinking Rain in the Occupied West Bank (PDF)
- Thirsty Souls and Parched Lands (PDF)
- Water for All in Africa (PDF)
- Twice as Thirsty: Women, Children and Water (PDF)
- Worship with the World: Water (PDF) – scriptural and worship resources