Problem children: Making trouble for Mother Earth

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Mother Earth can’t take much more of her human offspring’s hell-raising.

Scientists tell us that, by their count, the universe is somewhere between 13 and 14 billion years old, with the earth coming in at somewhere between 5 and 6 billion. According to traditional Jewish reckoning, on the other hand, creation is celebrating a much more modest 5,771 years this September 9.


Our Lady of Waste Management: Resources for going green

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Article Environment Parish Life
Looking to apply your faith to care for creation? Here are some resources for doing so:

From the church:


Our Lady of Waste Management: Resources for going green

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Parish Life
Looking to apply your faith to care for creation? Here are some resources for doing so:

From the church:


The sin of mountaintop removal

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"You can't put a mountain back. Do you think you can do a better job than God?"

-- from Leveling Appalachia, a video from Yale's environmental service, e360.

Five hundred mountains in Appalachia are gone forever.

Glenmary Father John Rausch has little patience with those who excuse this kind of environmental destruction in favor of short-term jobs. "It's a false dichotomy," he says. "The coal industry is actually in business to put miners out of a job."


The sin of mountaintop removal

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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"You can't put a mountain back. Do you think you can do a better job than God?"

-- from Leveling Appalachia, a video from Yale's environmental service, e360.

Five hundred mountains in Appalachia are gone forever.

Glenmary Father John Rausch has little patience with those who excuse this kind of environmental destruction in favor of short-term jobs. "It's a false dichotomy," he says. "The coal industry is actually in business to put miners out of a job."


Clothesline rebels

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Alexander Lee and other Project Laundry List members don't believe that an energy guzzler like a clothes dryer plays any role in being a good neighbor. They're fighting for the right for all Americans to dry laundry outdoors--including those living in home-owners associations and under other covenants that forbid it. "It's about not trusting your neighbor to do the right thing," says Lee, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Concord, New Hampshire.


Clothesline rebels

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Alexander Lee and other Project Laundry List members don't believe that an energy guzzler like a clothes dryer plays any role in being a good neighbor. They're fighting for the right for all Americans to dry laundry outdoors--including those living in home-owners associations and under other covenants that forbid it. "It's about not trusting your neighbor to do the right thing," says Lee, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Concord, New Hampshire.


Working for the common grid

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Reducing our collective carbon footprint can be as easy as plugging in.

In the old days all the cool guys and gals who wanted to show up “the man” devoted a lot of their creative geekiness to figuring out ways to get “off the grid,” devising Rube Goldberg-ish mechanicals and homemade micro-tech geared to living outside the nation’s energy infrastructure. It was laudable self-reliance—sometimes run amok—but it belongs to another age.


Working for the common grid

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Social Justice
Reducing our collective carbon footprint can be as easy as plugging in.

In the old days all the cool guys and gals who wanted to show up “the man” devoted a lot of their creative geekiness to figuring out ways to get “off the grid,” devising Rube Goldberg-ish mechanicals and homemade micro-tech geared to living outside the nation’s energy infrastructure. It was laudable self-reliance—sometimes run amok—but it belongs to another age.


Our Lady of Waste Management: Parish-based environmentalism

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Parishes are finding that reducing their carbon footprint is not only an environmental issue but a spiritual one, too.

Parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church in East Los Angeles meet monthly in convivencias, or town hall meetings, to discuss parish initiatives. Last autumn, when they learned that 38 million water bottles annually are sent to U.S. landfills, their vote on what the parish should do wasn't even close. Plastic water bottles are now banned from the campus.


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