RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE
livesimply prayer (v2)
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.
This weekend and in the coming fortnight we will be encouraged to focus on the future health of our world as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris. Pope Francis has provided a foundation for us with his encyclical Laudato Si’. In it he urges each and every one – individuals and communities – to an “ecological conversion”. We are invited to “change direction” by taking on the beauty and responsibility of the task of “caring for our common home”.
Small changes in individual behaviour can make a difference.
Why not consider:
- Going meat free for a few days each week. Roughly 18 per cent of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming. Producing just one beef steak emits more CO2 than driving for an hour or leaving the lights on at home.*
- Cutting down your speed on the road, use less air con, take unnecessary items out of the boot and keep tyres properly inflated. This helps to improve efficiency and miles per litre. Road transport in the UK produces roughly one quarter of national CO2 emissions. Driving at 80mph uses 25 per cent more fuel on average than driving at 70mph*
- Only filling up the kettle with the water you need. It’s estimated that over 30 million litres of water are boiled in the UK every day only to go cold again.*
- Looking for locally/ UK-produced food – and make it seasonal. This helps to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting it and supports UK farmers.*
- Reducing time in the shower. On average we spend eight or nine minutes under the shower each day, accounting for about 12 per cent of water usage. Cutting down the time saves on both water and fuel.*
- Fine tuning your computer settings to make sure it turns off when you’re not using it and that brightness settings aren’t unnecessarily high. 65 per cent of energy used by computers is spent on running idle, not on actual computing.
Cafod Campaign – One Climate, One World
- *Source: The Independent and Do Nation – http://www.wearedonation.com