• Corporate Stance
  • Advocacy
  • Awareness
  • Action
  • Prayer
  • Resources

Environment

We, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, believe the Earth was created as an inheritance from God to all of humankind - a gift the Creator entrusted to us to care for and use wisely. Every inhabitant of this planet is called to be a steward of Earth's bounty, beauty and resources.

Rationale

A key element of this stewardship of Earth is the responsibility to protect God's gift from those who - either knowingly, or through ignorance - seek to destroy the precious endowment that is nature. As we see our fragile, but essential, ecosystem being threatened, we strive to protect and preserve the gift of our environment for present and future generations.

Advocacy

Awareness

Learn about:

  • Current environmental issues and realities

  • How our faith approaches environmental preservation

  • The connections between climate change, economic development and poverty

Know:

How should I educate myself and others:

  • Personal contact—listen to stories

  • Watch documentaries about the environment (see Resources)

  • Read articles discussing environmental issues

  • Attend discussions, webinars and presentations

Action

  • Rent a space in your community garden, or plant a garden in your backyard

  • Collaborate with others to work to eliminate the root causes of environmental degradation

  • Network and collaborate with environmental organizations (Religious Coalition of the Great Lakes)

Prayer

Our commitment as Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters:

  • Prayer Services and Holy Hours for the preservation of our environment

  • Petitions during our Liturgy

  • Personal prayer to transform society's view and treatment of the environment

  • Ongoing prayer for those without access to valuable, life-giving natural resources that our Earth so lovingly provides

  • Ongoing prayer for the corporations who profit from corrupting our environment - for their change of heart and repentance

 

Resources

    Books/Documents

  • "Laudato Si" (Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment - June 18, 2015)
  • Gray Mountain by John Grisham (mountain top removal)
  • Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai (Green Belt Movement - Kenya)
  • Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World by Wangari Maathai
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Linda Lear
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore
  • The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, our Communities, and our Health - and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard
  • Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte
  • Documentaries

  • Cowspiracy (sustainability; environmental policy)
  • Extreme Realities (climate change)
  • Extinction in Process (Haiti's natural resources)
  • GMO OMG (genetically modified food)
  • The Cove (mistreatment of dolphins)
  • Blackfish (captivity of killer whales)
  • An Inconvenient Truth (global warming)
  • Big Boys Gone (pesticides)
  • Food Patriots (food justice)
  • Forks Over Knives (food justice)
  • Food, Inc. (food justice)
  • Vegucated (food justice)
  • The Return of Navajo Boy (corporate contamination on Navajo land)
  • Earth (climate change and how it affects animals)
  • Dirt! The Movie (importance of dirt)
  • Flow (privatization of world's water supply)
  • March of the Penguins (penguins harsh climate)
  • Planet Earth: BBC Series (ecosystems)
  • Waste Land (issues of overconsumption)
  • Taking Root (Wangari Mathaai; Green Belt Movement)
  • The Story of Stuff (wastefulness)
  • Websites/Organizations

  • Chicagoland Environmental Network
    www.chicagoenvironment.org
  • Chicago Wilderness
    www.chicagowilderness.org
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
    www.greatlakes.org
  • Sierra Club
    www.sierraclub.org
  • Environment Illinois
    www.environmentillinois.org
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
    elpc.org
  • City of Chicago's Environmental Programs and Initiatives
    www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env.html
  • Friends of the Earth
    www.foe.org
  • Greenpeace USA
    www.greenpeace.org/usa/en
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
    wwf.panda.org
  • United Nations Environment Program
    www.unep.org
  • Earth Day Network
    www.earthday.org
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    www.epa.gov
  • World Water Day
    www.waterday.org
  • National Audubon Society
    www.audubon.org
  • Earthjustice
    earthjustice.org
  • Women's Earth Alliance
    www.womensearthalliance.org
  • The Climate Reality Project
    climaterealityproject.org
  • The Humane Society
    www.humanesociety.org
  • Ocean Conservancy
    www.oceanconservancy.org
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
    www.peta.org
  • Food and Water Watch
    www.foodandwaterwatch.org
  • Earth Share
    www.earthshare.org
  • Earth Watch Institute
    earthwatch.org
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
    www.nrdc.org
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
    www.ucsusa.org
  • American Solar Energy Society
    www.ases.org
  • EcoWatch
    ecowatch.com