Your carbon footprint
In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls on us all to make simple daily gestures to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home. This is an opportunity to live wisely, think deeply and love generously.
Where will you start?
At home, I will…
Action 1:Cut down how much energy I use. Turn off lights, switch to LED lights and don’t leave appliances on standby. This could save you between £45 and £80 a year!
Action 2: Switch my energy supplier to a green energy provider. If you switch to Ecotricity, they’ll donate £40 to CAFOD for changing your electricity supply and £60 if you swap your electricity and gas supply.
Action 3: Insulate my loft or give my house a complete green makeover. More advice from the Energy Saving Trust.
PARISH ACTION: We will do an energy audit of our buildings. Read how Brentwood Cathedral did their energy audit
Out and about, I will…
Action 1: Have a car-free day each week or share lifts.
Action 2: Make my next holiday a ‘staycation’. Forgo the flights and visit some of the beautiful places the UK has to offer.
Action 3: Start cycling. You’ll reduce your impact on the planet, save money on commuting and improve your health.
PARISH ACTION: We will hold a ‘Walk to church Sunday’. Take inspiration from St Mary’s and St Joseph’s churches in Aldershot
On my own, I will…
Action 1 Spend an hour outside, appreciating the gift of creation. See the livesimply garden CAFOD supporters in Petts Wood created
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.
Action 3 Stand with thousands of others fasting for action on climate change on the first of each month, and call on the UK government to support access to renewable energy overseas.
PARISH ACTION:We will remember our global neighbours in our prayers and give thanks for the earth we share. We will use the Power to be guided liturgy and reflection in our parish to reflect on how renewable energy access can tackle poverty and climate change.
Share these tips and tell us how you’re playing your part:
Download our Encyclical guide to share these ideas with your parish.