Laudato Si’ and Environmental Education and Actions

One of the people whose thought has inspired the creation of this website is the amazing Jorge Bergoglio, a.k.a. Pope Francis.

As a Catholic layperson participating in the Justice and Environment Mission Group of Sisters of Holy Cross in Manchester, NH, I have been privileged to study Pope Francis’ transformative encyclical Laudato Si’ in the company of a marvelous group of Sisters.  The “Gardening for Resilience” articles on this website were a direct outgrowth of conversations shared with members of this group.

While it is vital that we inform our young people about the varied beings and the intricate and ancient interactions that characterize the world in which we live, it’s also important that we as adults educate ourselves as well about the complexities of the technologically altered world which our species is currently devising. We must do this so that we, as responsible citizens of this planet, can continue to conduct our daily lives in as wise and as compassionate way as possible. We must develop and model ways of being – actions! – that are consonant with our mature understanding of ecological processes, the human condition, and our regard for the health of the entire Earth Community – both human and “otherwise.”

The following are two documents I would like to share that stem from this challenge. Both are directly related to Laudato Si’.  The first is simply a pretty flyer that offers a few suggestions about practices that will allow us to better embody the message of ‘Laudato Si’ in our daily lives. Applying Laud It was developed for a Mercy2Earth event at the Parish of the Resurrection in Nashua, NH in 2017 which took place in conjunction with a campaign sponsored at that time by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Laudato-Si-Applications-2019

The second is an article written as part of a project in which the Environment and Justice Group studied specific concrete manifestations of the Modern Industrial cultural paradigm, a paradigm that I personally consider outmoded and destructive at present – in light of its negative consequences on social and ecological health, stability, and resilience. Characterized by a psychology of fear and insecurity, this world view appears to be overly dependent upon objectification and narrowly rational, verbal modes of processing experience. With its incessant competitiveness, and the commodification of human to human relationships – and human to earth relationships as well, it can be regarded as one of the motive, root forces powering the despoiling of the planet and the destruction humans are inflicting upon the Earth systems and biodiversity which provide our species with essential life support. The maladaptiveness and folly of this way of existence was beautifully examined in Laudato Si,’

Some members of our group researched plastics and fossil fuels. I focused on artificial, bioengineered organisms (GMOs / BEs) and their use in industrialized food production. The following is my report.

GMOs-and-Laudato-Si’-2019