CaritasSG Heal Our Home

 

1. Laudato Si’ Week

During Laudato Si’ Week in May (16 May – 24 May), Pope Francis asked, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us?” Watch the video here.

Our colleague, Eve, in charge of Parish Engagement, also shared five practical tips to incorporate sustainable habits at home during Laudato Si’ Week. Click here to view the Stay-home hacks!

This June, July and August, we hope to raise awareness of the causes and impact of climate change in our lives. We also hope to inspire a lifestyle change so that we can work toward becoming responsible stewards of our shared Earth.


2. #CaritasSGHealOurHome

We can see how the everyday things in our lifestyle impact our environment negatively, and to counter that, we can make simple lifestyle changes to create positive impacts. Together, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Yes, the Earth can be saved with our efforts!

Learn the facts about Water Waste

Based on The United Nations World Water Development Report 2019, about 4 billion people experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. This is going to continue to rise rapidly if we don’t start making a change today! Read on for more on water waste and get some practical tips on how to conserve water.

For the list of references for the “Water Waste – Why We Should Care” infographic, please click

Read the full report – “The United Nations World Water Development Report 2019, Leaving no one behind”

Learn the facts about Electricity Waste

In an article by Michael Parfit, “Future Power: Where will the World Get Its Next Energy Fix?”, he shares that the world uses some 320 billion kilowatt-hours of energy a day and that equates to about 22 bulbs burning non-stop for every person on the planet! Harmful greenhouse gases are emitted when fossil fuels are burned to generate energy. Read on for more on electricity waste and find out how you can make a difference!

For the list of references for the “Electricity Waste – Why We Should Care” infographic, please click

Read the full article by Michael Parfit – “Future Power: Where will the World Get Its Next Energy Fix?”

Learn the facts about Clothing Waste

In an article “Putting the brakes on fast fashion” by the United Nations Environment Programme, 2,000 gallons of water is needed to make a typical pair of jeans! Read on for more on clothing waste and find out what lifestyle changes you can make today.

For the list of references for the “Clothing Waste – Why We Should Care” infographic, please click

Read the full article by United Nations Environment Programme – “Putting the brakes on fast fashion”

Learn the facts about Food Waste

According to a summary report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, food waste releases about 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere per year.  Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and this increase contributes to global warming. Read on for more on food waste and some things we can do to make a difference!

For the list of references for the “Food Waste – Why We Should Care” infographic, please click here

Read the full summary report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations – “Food Wastage Footprint – Impacts on Natural Resources”

Learn the facts about Plastic Waste

Do you know that each week, we could be ingesting as much as about 5 grams of plastic from what we eat and drink? Read on for more on plastics and some things we can do to reduce plastic waste.

For the list of references for the “Plastic Waste – Why We Should Care” infographic, please click here

Read the full research paper “No Plastic in Nature: Assessing Plastic from Nature to People” – An analysis for WWF by Dalberg and the University of Newcastle, Australia


3. Get more involved!

There is more that we can do to be responsible stewards of the Earth. Share your ideas, what you’re doing and if you would like to be a part of Caritas Singapore’s efforts as well.

1. Write to us at [email protected].

2. Join us as a Caritas Volunteer Washer:
A Volunteer Washer will help us to reduce use of disposables by washing plates, bowls and utensils used for buffets at Caritas Singapore family events. Click here to sign up!

3. Pledge your commitment toward positive climate action. Take the Climate Action SG Pledge with us : https://climategamechanger.sg/pledge/


4. Caritas Singapore Roundtable VI: Heal Our Home

The “Caritas Singapore Roundtable VI: Heal Our Home” was held on Friday, 14 August 2020.

Resources
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Related Links:
Roundtable: HealOurHome
Caritas in Mission 2019 newsletter on Caring for our Common Home
Laudato Si’ Week