Associate Mary Kay Wood looks at Goal #7 of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which is a seven-year Catholic Effort Addressing the Climate Crisis instituted by Pope Francis. Here are some possible ways that we can attain Goal #7 in our communities.
Goal 7: Emphasis on Community involvement and participatory action to care for creation at the local, regional, national, and international levels (promote advocacy and people’s campaigns, encourage rootedness in local territory and neighborhood ecosystems, etc.)
It is important to recognize that the Laudato Si’ initiative is a global initiative as well as an effort that focuses on national, regional, and local levels.
Religious Sisters respond globally as well as nationally, regionally, and locally. For example, the Sisters of St. Agnes serve in Nicaragua; the Franciscan Sisters of Renewal serve in England and Ireland, and our own Dominican Sisters of Peace minister in Peru and Nigeria.
Suggestions for action:
- Continue to support and participate in the work of BREAD (justice advocacy) and other grassroots organizations such as Mid Ohio Food Collective and local Food Pantries.
- Support and network with state and national involvement groups
- Identify and connect with groups that promote e.g.: clean energy, public transit, waste reduction, eating locally, establishes policies that will help marginalized people.
- Look for opportunities to be of service locally (e.g. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dinners, community gardens, meals to the homebound, community clean up days etc)
- Look for opportunities to serve as an advocate for local, state and national causes
- Develop an informational program for use in local parishes and seek support from local Bishops.
- We need to continue to pray and be supportive of those in the mission field.