God’s Green Earth

Welcome to the St. Therese Parish “Caring For God’s Green Earth” Page

Photos from Earth Day 2018

Photos from Earth Day - April 2018

We hope this page helps everyone become more aware of the blessings God’s earth provides for us, and we hope you will check it often to find out ways we can continue to live a sustainable and responsible life.

The Pope’s Teachings on the Environment

Pope Francis has been concerned about environmental degradation for years. In 2015,he wrote an encyclical, an official letter regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church,called Laudato sí. Click here for a direct link to the encyclical.

Pope Francis is a leader in the conversation about human contributions to climate change. He sent a video message to participants at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, which took place in New York on September 23rd. Partial text of the Holy Father’s message is below:

I would like to thank the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, for convening this meeting and for drawing the attention of Heads of State and Government – and of the entire international community and world public opinion – to one of the most serious and worrying phenomena of our time:climate change.

This is one of the principal challenges we have to face. To do so, humanity is called to cultivate three great moral qualities: honesty, responsibility and courage.

With the Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015, the international community became aware of the urgency and need for a collective response to help build our common home. However, four years after that historic Agreement, we can see that the commitments made by States are still very weak, and are far from achieving the objectives set.

The problem of climate change is related to issues of ethics, equity and social justice. The current situation of environmental degradation is connected with the human, ethical and social degradation that we experience every day. This forces us to think about the meaning of our models of consumption and production, and the processes of education and awareness, to make them consistent with human dignity.

Opportunities to be an Environmental Steward

Wisconsin snow and ice - Because salt can cause harmful run-off into rivers and streams, which negatively affects fish and other wildlife, here are a few eco-friendly alternative strategies to deal with ice on your sidewalks.  Shovel often, removing snow before it gets compacted. Use sand or plain kitty litter to provide traction, but sweep it up afterward. Avoid magnesium chloride, a derivative of cyanide, and glycol (which i is basically antifreeze) as they can poison pets and wildlife. Apply deicers before the storm hits, such as this “Do-It-Yourself Deicer.” Mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water and spray it on sidewalks before the storm.

Buying things – We all need to buy things, including food, drink and clothing. How often do we stop to think about how our shopping affects people, animals and the environment? Consider each purchase through the lens of your Catholic faith. Every purchase we make has repercussions down the supply chain socially, economically and environmentally. There is much to learn by searching “guidelines for ethical shopping”or “buying ethically” in your computer browser of choice.

Recycle – Please use your municipality’s recycling program when you can. For things not accepted there, consider these places:

  • Electronics
    Best Buy ( bestbuy.com for further details) will accept up to three items per household per day of most electronics, for free. This includes cables and connectors, VCRs,DVD and Blue-ray players, headphones, TV set-top boxes, power inverters, projectors,and more. They also accept computers, laptops and batteries, ink and toner, printers,web cams, keyboards, modems, tablets, e-readers, chargers, calculators, landline and mobil phones, vacuum cleaners, fans, alarm clocks, speakers, turntables, game consoles and controllers, binoculars, digital cameras, digital photo frames, SLR cameras, lenses, CB radios/scanners, radar detectors. TVs cost $25 to recycle at Best Buy; all the other above mentioned items are free.
  • Eyeglasses
    Lions Club maintains drop locations in the area. Both Elm Grove and Wauwatosa Library are on the list and other libraries are likely candidates, as are most of the optical shops in Tosa, San Camillo, and Mayfair Rent-A-Car locations.
  • Plastic Bags
    These are not welcome in the municipality recycling programs, but are accepted at most grocery stores. Pick’N’Save has a bin at you enter the store.

    Provide your own shopping bag – and don’t accept one from the store.