Earth Day Sunday 2018: Sense of Place
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PRACTICE BEGINNING GATHERINGS BY ROOTING THEM IN A SENSE OF PLACE
Consider beginning meetings with an acknowledgement of local history: "We are grateful to be gathered here in the _____ watershed, which we share with a diversity of plants and creatures, including _______ (name a few species). We acknowledge that this land is the traditional territory of the _________ peoples. May we nurture our relationship with all our neighbors, and our shared responsibilities to this watershed where we gather today."
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LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR PLACE
PROTECT THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES IN YOUR WATERSHED
Honor Endangered Species Day every May 18.
Download a toolkit.
PUBLIC POLICY ACTION: DEFEND THE ANTIQUITIES ACT
Our public lands conserve our spiritual, cultural, and natural heritage. These places where our communities can learn, play, and pray become Sabbath spaces – both for people and for God’s creation. Right now, some lawmakers are considering undermining the public policy that allows U.S. presidents to conserve our heritage: The Antiquities Act of 1906. Please urge your members of Congress to protect and uphold this important law.
Email Congress online or print and circulate a petition.
What Standing Rock Teaches Us About Environmental Racism and Justice, Health Affairs Blog, April 2017
Resettling America's First Climate Refugees, New York Times 2016
Watershed Discipleship This compilation of writings by young faith-rooted activists provides examples of how people are practicing bioregional spirituality in communities across the United States.
The Color of Law An important primer on private sector as well as government-endorsed racial discrimination in community development.
Laudato Si’ Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology.