These tips have been provided by members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Eco-Justice Committee.
- In daily personal prayer spend contemplative time outdoors or looking out a window praying with and for the EARTH.
- Allow current issues, like climate change, mountaintop removal, Keystone XL Pipeline to be a spur to prayer.
- When you are leader of corporate prayer include EARTH in spoken intentions/petitions; or design a weekly prayer for EARTHs needs.
- Choose a location and time of day that can accommodate you or your group and which has immediate access to the outdoors (weather permitting).
- If your gathering space is indoors, plan to include EARTH elements in the setting—especially, EARTH, Air, Fire and Water.
- In your ministry–within parish, school, family or volunteer activities raise up EARTH concerns when you are gathered for prayer.
- Read Genesis – Chapter 1 and 2 reflectively. This will help us in our daily personal prayer spend contemplative time outdoors or looking out a window. praying with and for the EARTH.
- Spend time outside living in the present moment as you see wild animals, streams, blooming flowers, the earth, etc.
- Check the US Bishop’s website for a flyer speaking about Laudato Si’ or something on saving the EARTH. Seek permission to place a flyer in the church bulletin which hopefully will remind everyone that “we are all in this together.” in saving the EARTH.
- As you say grace before meals (and after) include thanking not only God but the EARTH and all who till and care for her for the food you have.
- Perhaps consider a solar oven.
- Use a cloth napkin and remember why you do so. Be grateful for the trees saved by not using disposables.
- Shopping local is another great idea, and one that leads down the road to the green lifestyle.
- Choose locally-grown foods whenever possible—shopping at Farmers’ Markets, or buying through a CSA or buying club.
- Cook at least one meal “from scratch” each week, taking the time to be creative, learn new recipes, expand your taste buds and support your health.
- Try to eliminate processed foods.
- Use leftovers.
- Ask for locally produced food.
- If you eat meals prepared by others—whether a food-service, in-house cafeteria, or even a local restaurant (NOT fast food) ask kitchen staff/manager to utilize fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Be sure to compliment them when they do—and eat heartily!
- Read labels—note country of origin, number of long-syllable chemical ingredients, whether it contains GMO ingredients (or proclaims that it doesn’t since the US doesn’t demand fair labeling), as well as looking for Organic items.
- Don’t buy products with excess packaging (eg. wrapped “single-serving” items) or use single use paper and plastic ware, etc. Avoid Styrofoam always. If you must use disposables, take the time to locate recycled and compostable products—then do it!
- Never use hot, running water to defrost frozen foods, rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the microwave oven.