Happy Earth Day! The 50th anniversary of this celebration is a time to reflect on all that God has bestowed upon us through abundant gifts from the earth.
With the current COVID-19 outbreak, this year we are especially grateful for the warmth of sunshine that allows us to spend time outside with our families. We are also thankful for the beauty of spring in bloom that brings hope and newness to our days.
At Mercy Health, we also appreciate and care deeply for creation. Our new commitment plan and operational design serves as the foundation for our current and future sustainability efforts. These guiding principles ensure consistent practices and measurable progress across our entire ministry to address how we are caring for the environment.
Currently we are:
- 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
- Having our programs emphasize reducing, eliminating waste and conserving energy
- Optimizing employee health and safety within the work environment
- Boosting our education and training so that the communities we serve can also participate
So, what have we done lately to show our appreciation this Earth Day? It’s simple… trash can liners! By utilizing renewable resources for this simple product, we were able to stop almost 150,000 pounds of plastic going into landfills and reduce CO2 emissions by 202 metric tons.
What will you do today to show your appreciation for God’s abundant gifts of the earth?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Take a walk in your neighborhood and collect any litter you see. For safety, use gloves and a bag.
- Enjoy a plant-based diet for the day. Consuming less meat is helpful for the environment.
- Plant a vegetable or herb garden. It doesn’t have to be anything large, simply a small planter on a patio or a flat plot of land in your back yard will work.
- Plant flowers in your yard. You’ll enjoy their beauty for months to come and you’ll provide a much-needed habitat for our earth’s bees.
- Spend time getting closer to God through nature. Take a walk outside alone or with your family. Be present and notice all the details along your path. Be sure to stay hydrated during your stroll by drinking water from a reusable water bottle.
Whichever way you choose to celebrate, here’s a special Earth Day prayer to start and end your day. It was 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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