Your Weekly Laudato Si’: 1/24

“Other indicators of the present situation have to do with the depletion of natural resources. We all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels.” (27)

Education:

Despite rising consumption in the developing world, industrial countries remain responsible for most of the world’s resource consumption—along with the associated global environmental degradation.

  • The United States, with less than 5 % of the global population, uses about a quarter of the world’s fossil fuel resources—burning up nearly 25 % of the coal, 26 % of the oil, and 27 % of the world’s natural gas.
  • As of 2003, the U.S. had more private cars than licensed drivers, and gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles were among the best-selling vehicles.
  • New houses in the U.S. were 38 % bigger in 2002 than in 1975, despite having fewer people per household on average. (Stats taken from globalwatch.org)

Prayer:

Loving Creator, we thank you for the resources of the world, and for the many goods available to us. Grant us wisdom and restraint in our spending and consumption; grant us inspiration in the re-use and recycling of resources. Bless those who work in the recycling industry, and those who work in industries that use recycled and/or repurposed materials.

Action:

During family prayer, ask for everyone to think of ways that the family can cut back on the consumption of resources; electricity, water, food, gas, plastic, etc. With Lent approaching, consider a family Lenten goal of reducing consumption in an area that measurable and realistically achievable.

Previous entries:

Introduction to Laudato Si’,Part 1

Introduction, Part 2

10/10 – St. Francis

10/17 – Confession

10/25 – Connectedness, Air Quality

10/31 – The Book of Nature, Parks and Open Spaces

11/7 – E-waste

11/14 – Wastefulness, Non-Renewable Resources

11/28 – Climate Change

12/6– Deforestation

12/12 – Ocean Acidification

12/19 – Renewable energy

 

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