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“Laudato Si” committee meets to promote the care of our Common Home

14/11/2019: Australia

In July 2019, the provincial council of Australia established the “Laudato Si” committee to advise the council on issues related to the care of our common home. Since then, members have conducted two internet meetings to deal with ecology issues, climate change and environmental sustainability.

The committee, made up of Cassie Wilmot and Brothers Dennis Cooper, Paul A. Murphy, Mark Needham, Graham Neist and Bill Selden, has already begun developing practical suggestions:

  • The need to encourage all to read Pope Francis’ document.
  • Some strategies on how to share our learnings on environmental issues.
  • Involving Brothers and other Marists in the urgent need for environmental action,while acknowledging that many Marist communities are very aware of the issues and are currently engaged in energy saving activities.
  • Looking to establish a zero-carbon footprint by the Province within a reasonable time frame, e.g. 2027/2030.
  • Education about what a carbon footprint is and how to implement actions to assist in reducing it in our living and working spaces through practical applications such as recycling, use of compost bins, changing lights to LED, using energy saving devices and programmes where possible, eliminating excessive travel by car and plane, the use of public transport where possible, water use reduction and rain water storage etc.
  • Assisting Marists identifying issues connected to environmental concerns such as drought, water contamination, rubbish in the oceans and waterways, excessive landfill and the consumer society that feeds it.

Regarding this topic, one of the calls of the XXII General Chapter asks Marists to "create an integral ecological awareness in all our communities and ministries and develop policies at all levels of the Institute that strengthen our commitment to the care of our common home”.

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