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Catholic Social Teaching on the Environment

What can one do personally to promote environmental awareness and conservation?
Educate yourself and your children about the environment, how its health is necessary to our own. Understand the connection between the demands of first world affluence on our own environment and that of developing nations.
Understand the concept of sustainability “which creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”
Reconsider our own consumer habits, what is necessary and what is over-indulgence. Buy earth-friendly products when possible. Conserve, reuse and recycle.
Petition and make your opinion heard at the local, state and national levels of government when you feel environmental policies either protect or degrade the environment. Engage others with your concerns.
Start simple and have fun! Plant a tree, better yet, a vegetable garden, compost, take a hike, pick up litter, promote educational efforts, or volunteer at local environmental activities. For instance, next Saturday, April 27 at Hartman Creek State Park is Clean Up Day.
To learn more on environmental concerns and activities, check out your local library or the internet for information and ideas to participate in active environmentalism.