Today is Earth Day, the perfect time for us to reflect on gifts from the earth that God continues to bestow upon us.
As we navigate the current COVID-19 outbreak, today we are especially thankful for the sunshine that allows us to play in the yard with our kids. We are also grateful for the fresh air on our walks and the beauty of spring blooming around us. All of these aspects of nature give us hope and bring comfort during this uncertain time.
On this 50th celebration of Earth Day, we at Bon Secours want to celebrate our deep passion for caring for the environment. Our new commitment plan and operational design serves as our guide in our ongoing sustainability efforts. These outlines allow us to consistently practice and measure progress on how we are taking care of the environment and our world.
As a ministry, we are currently:
- Having our programs emphasize reducing, eliminating waste and conserving energy
- Working to minimize the environmental damage to the air, water, earth by using environmentally responsible products
- Using renewable natural resources and conserving non-renewable resources
- Boosting our education and training so that the communities we serve can also participate
- Optimizing employee health and safety within the work environment
A recent environmental win for our ministry was our adoption of new trash can liners. By utilizing renewable resources for this everyday product, we have stopped almost 150,000 pounds of plastic going into landfills and reduced CO2 emissions by 202 metric tons.
How do you plan to show your appreciation for God’s gift of the earth today?
Here are a few ways to get started:
- Consuming less meat is helpful for the environment, so enjoy a plant-based diet for the day.
- Let your green thumb show by planting a few flowers. You’ll be able to enjoy their beauty in the coming months and you’ll also be providing an habitat for bees.
- Walk around your community and collect any trash you see. Be sure to be safe by using a bag and gloves.
- Get outside, take a walk and enjoy the nature around you. This can be a great family activity or go alone and use it as reflection time. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle filled with water to stay hydrated.
- Start growing herbs and vegetables at home. If you don’t have a lot of room, start small and try using a few little planters.
However you decide to celebrate today, start and end your day with this special Earth Day prayer written by Father Joseph P. Cardone, our Chief Mission Officer.
God our Father and Creator, we give you thanks for the wonder of creation which inspires us, the fruit of the earth which feeds us, and the joy of life which gives us hope. Heal the places where your creation has been marred and restore all creatures to the splendor of your glory, that all may delight once again in your goodness. Amen.
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