In his hymn of praise for God's creation, St. Francis revealed his understanding of the impact of wind and weather on all life. Cool or hot, pleasant or humid, breezy or stormy -- weather always gets our attention. Now we are aware that our actions and policies affect the very climate and, thereby, ourselves, other creatures and future generations. Take actions this summer to conserve energy, reduce air pollution, learn more, and give God thanks:
- Save energy: adjust AC higher, cool rooms/ house only when you are present; hang your laundry to dry on a "solar clothes dryer" - your clothesline. Praise God as you do so.
- Take leftover house and yard products such as paints, solvents, lawn chemicals to Household Hazwaste Collections; info: www.rwater.com in New Haven area; www.themdc.com in Hartford area, or town collection sites; recycle CFL bulbs at stores, to keep mercury and other hazardous substances out of air and water; or see www.earth911.com for more info on local recycling options.
- Plan now for your parish or youth group to observe the October 4 Feast of St. Francis with multi-media, downloadable resources, "St. Francis to Pope Francis to You."
- Learn what our bishops, Catholic writers, and religious communities are saying and doing about energy and climate issues