Our Lady of Waste Management: Resources for going green

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

From the church:


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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."


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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."


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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.


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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.


Why should parishes go green?

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Five reasons Catholic communities should care about cleaning up the environment.

1. You don't have to believe in climate change to believe in its solution. Energy conservation and alternative energy use mean healthier children, improved national security, and lower heating and cooling bills for families and parishes. It's a "no regrets" strategy.


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.


Our Lady of Waste Management: Parish-based environmentalism

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Parish Life
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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