A COMMITMENT TO THE EARTH AROUND US
"We commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to work for justice within the human family and to care for the earth itself." -CHM Mission Statement
One of the most powerful arguments missing from the environmentalist’s case is reverence for what simply is. Centuries before the term “carbon footprint” came into our collective consciousness, communities of women religious were caring for the earth and humankind with the attitude and respect for what “simply is” that is necessary for the sustainability many now believe to be threatened.
Long before the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” sisters were focused on protecting the diversity of nature-doing what was naturally the right thing to do even before the world climate crisis alarm went off. Evidence of this dedication to creation can be found at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat and at the Humility of Mary Center, where hybrid cars, recycling centers, organic gardening, changes in investment choices and environmental lobbying are common place. The sisters are involved in other ways such as:
- Sister Cathleen Real, CHM Climate Project Presenter
- Laudato Si' - On the Care of Our Common Home
- 2009 Radish Award for work with the Earth Charter
- Endorsement of the Earth Charter
- XStream Clean-up
- CHM Care of Earth Committee
- monthly environmental films
- every December - Holiday Movie and Gift swap - why buy more?
- every Spring - guest speaker on the environment
Earth as Our Home Booklet: Too often when we hear the word 'house' we only think of a physical building and its rooms. But what if we begin to think of Earth as our house - with various rooms - what would we need to do to make this 'house' a true 'home?' The Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth have prepared a reflection booklet on the various rooms of a house, placing each room and its activities into the broader context of our Earth-home. Simple actions for families are suggested for living more sustainability and walking more gently on Earth. The booklet is available as a free download by clicking here