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Parish forms green teams in response to Laudato Si'

earth.jpgInspired by Pope Francis’ call to care for God’s creation in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, our parish, Ascension Church, in Oak Park, Illinois, hosted a Regional Archdiocesan Interfaith Green Team Training. With the help of community organizations, we held a training that explored Pope Francis’ message on the environment, and what the parish can do to reduce its carbon footprints and promote sustainability. We are working to create green teams in parishes and other faith institutions and educate our community on how we impact people and the environment on both an institutional and individual level. We are also involved in advocacy on legislation regarding fossil fuels and renewable energy, following the lead of the U.S. Catholic bishops. As Pope Francis noted in Laudato Si’, now is the time to change habits that harm our planet and the people who live in it, whether it is in our homes or around the country or the world.