Here are our top tips for living more simply – we’re here to support you taking steps to a greener lifestyle, finding more time to reflect and providing practical help to those in need
How you can commit to a LiveSimply journey
Committing to live simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with those in poverty can help us deepen our relationship with God, ourselves and one another.
1. Sign up for the LiveSimply Award
Get started on the LiveSimply Award in your parish or, if you already have the Award, see how you can respond to Pope Francis's call by joining in with the Laudato Si’ Action platform. Make sure you display the poster and tell the parish about what you’re doing with this short talk. Read the experiences of other parishes who have already achieved the award.
2. Stand with the people of Ukraine
Pray for peace in Ukraine and take action to urge the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary to push for a diplomatic end to the conflict and to provide support to refugees.
3. Stand in solidarity with people affected by human rights abuses
Take action with us by emailing your MP to ask them to support a new Business, Human Rights and Environment Act to protect communities affected by human rights abuses.
"We will find it hard to feel and show any real concern for those in need, unless we are able to cultivate a certain simplicity of life, resisting the feverish demands of a consumer society, which leave us impoverished and unsatisfied, anxious to have it all now."
- Pope Francis, 2018, Gaudete et Exsultate para. 108
Some ideas to get you started on your LiveSimply action plan
- Challenge yourself to a parish ‘unplugged’ day – without your phone, TV or radio.
- Make time for silence in your day and in Mass.
- Upcycle your furniture and give your old sofas, chairs and tables a new look instead of replacing them.
- Have a meat-free day every week.
- Collect pledges to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with God’s creation from everyone in your parish.
- Shop your wardrobe: could you challenge yourself to buy no new clothes for 12 months and discover new outfits from your existing clothes and accessories?
- Walk or cycle everywhere you can to benefit your mind, body and soul? Top tips for making your travel green
- Make time to pray for God’s creation, the people and the planet. You could use the LiveSimply hymn or prayers.
Living in solidarity
- Join in with CAFOD campaigns to make sure the voices of all our sisters and brothers are heard.
- Spend time in prayer on Family Fast Day, eating more simply and contemplating our relationship with God and with each other.
- Support your local Caritas organisations who will be able to support you in becoming a collection point for a foodbank, or a support service for the homeless. Find out how they are supporting refugees in the area and how you as a parish can help.
- Switch to an ethical bank (at home and in the parish); check that your energy is from a renewable source.
- Set aside time to reflect on Laudato Si’ as a parish.
- Make your parish meetings and events planet-friendly: Choose Fairtrade tea and coffee for cuppas and use real crockery. Do the cleaning and washing up with environmentally friendly products. Reduce the amount of paper you print for mass, for events and for meetings (folks are usually happy to share and it gets conversations started).
- Reduce your use of energy: use led light bulbs and turn them off when they’re not needed; turn off computers and photocopiers when not in use; encourage people to walk to mass and meetings or to share lifts, display bus or train information in the parish, check you are recycling and composting as efficiently as possible.
- Conduct an energy audit of the parish. Depending on what you discover you could reduce your carbon footprint by insulating buildings, installing ground source heat pumps and/or solar panels. There are lots more ideas in this guide.
- Set aside part of the parish grounds for a wildlife garden or community vegetable garden, complete with insect hotels, bat boxes and bird houses. Start a gardening club hold a seed or sapling or harvest swap.