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Some bright ideas for Earth Day

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Sometimes I think I'm a bad daughter-I'm often too busy to think much about my mother and I'm certainly too busy to call home more than a couple of times a month. But I suppose my own mother is lucky for getting a call every couple of weeks.

Mother Earth may only hear from her kids once a year on Earth Day, celebrated throughout much of the world on April 22. On this day we broaden the interpretation of the 4th Commandment to "Honor your father and mother" and remember the earthy mater who cradles all creation in her arms.

As Catholics, we are especially called to care for creation, and we have our own St. Francis of Assisi as a Catholic environmental role model. Fortunately the ways we wayward children can get in touch with good ol' Earth Mom are extensive. Below you'll find plenty of resources for stopping to smell the roses-and maybe even delivering a few-this Earth Day.

Here are some websites to make you more aware of how the Mother that sustains your physical well-being is connected to the Father who gives you your daily bread:

Introduction to Catholic Environmental Justice

Whatever happened to Catholic environmentalists?

Catholic Environmentalism

Catholic Education Resource Center: Environment

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Environmental Justice Program

Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment

Remind your friends and family to take some time to stop and smell the roses this Earth Day.

Get your pastor involved in the campaign for a greener world

Counting Prayers

Winter is melting away and Spring is in the air. If the nicer weather is beckoning you out-of-doors, take advantage of these Earth Day activities or find some others in your area.

The Green Apple Music Festival

EarthDay Network

Get Outside to Celebrate Earth Day

R-E-C-Y-C-L-E, find out what it means to me!


How to go green: Recycling

U.S. Environment Protection Agency: Recycle City

Lying under a tree in the park is probably the best way to appreciate these books.

The Green Bible

Ten Commandments for the Environment

Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III

A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time

The future of the Earth depends on the kids of today, so engage young minds and encourage them to be eco-conscious with these resources.

Teaching kids to protect the Earth

The Green Generation

Kids for Saving Earth

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Page