Did you receive new electronics this Christmas? Be sure to recycle your old TV, computer, small or large electronics. Tech Dump is a great partner in our community. They recycle or refurbish old electronics. Tech Dump is a 501c3 nonprofit providing job training and practical experience for adults facing barriers to employment. Find them in Golden Valley and St. Paul, http://www.techdump.org/
DID YOU KNOW: you can recycle old power cords for electronics!
DID YOU KNOW: Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the U.S. Incorrect disposal of your old electronics is so harmful to the environment; it’s illegal in Minnesota and countless other states.
DID YOU KNOW: you can bring any electronics for recycling, large or small. They even pick up!
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The Basilica receives a grant for recycling and composting.
The Basilica has been awarded a grant from Hennepin County to improve our recycling and composting efforts. Consider joining the effort to put this grant into action at The Basilica. We need your partnership and help to move enable The Basilica to live out its faith in this area. Contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leave the world a better place for future generations
"...Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works,” and its preservation has now become essential for the peaceful coexistence of mankind." ~ Pope Benedict XVI
Read Pope Benedict XVI's World Peace Day Message and enter into the spirit of ecological stewardship.
Take the St. Francis Pledge: Join Catholics taking action in our families, parishes, schools and communities to reduce our carbon footprint, care for “the least of these” (Mt 25) and raise our voice on behalf of Creation and the poor.
Taking the St. Francis Pledge commits you or your organization to respond to the moral call for action on climate change. By pledging, you commit to praying, acting, and advocating to solve climate change. How you fulfill those commitments is up to you.
A few ideas for how to fulfill the Pledge commitments
Set a time to pray for climate action
Pray as a family or as a church group
Keep a prayer journal
Publish prayers via a blog or newsletter
Investigate solar and renewable options
Learn how climate affects the vulnerable
Calculate your carbon footprint
Take steps to reduce your footprint
Connect with policy makers
Connect with your municipal council
Explore sustainable policies at work
Hear your pastor's position on ecology
Your every day choices leave an imprint on the earth
In the U.S., we are some of the world's largest consumers and waste producers. There are many ways you can create a healthier environment for you, your family, and the Earth.
- Get tips for a green lifestyle—easy ways to care for creation in your home, yard, office, and community.
- Join the Basilica Eco Stewardship Team: Join the group on the third Tuesday of each month in the Rectory Conference Room. Contact Donna for more information.
- Reduce your carbon emissions and oil consumption by walking, biking, or carpooling to church. There's a bike rack by the rectory door (by the school parking lot).
- Take the Minnesota Energy Challenge or place your registration form in the collection basket. Pledge to take simple steps to reduce you energy use and CO2 emissions.
Give eco-driving a try and save fuel and money
- Increase your fuel economy by minimizing your fuel consumption. Studies have shown that the average driver can reduce fuel used by as much as 25% using some of these practices:
- Shift up as soon as possible. For manual transmission cars, shift up before 2500 RPMs, for diesel before 2000 RPMs.
- Maintain a steady speed. Use the highest gear possible and drive with low engine RPM.
- Anticipate traffic flow. Look ahead as far as possible and anticipate the actions of surrounding traffic.
- Decelerate smoothly. When you have to slow down or stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator earlier, leaving the car in gear.
- Check tire pressure frequently. Tire pressure that is 25% too low increases rolling resistance by 10% and your fuel consumption by 2%.
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Pray for Mother Earth
Dear mother earth, who day by day unfolds rich blessing on our way, O praise God! Alleluia! The fruits and flowers that verdant grow, Let them his praise abundant show. O praise God, O praise God, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Thanks be to God. . .
For the animals, the trees, the flowers that grow,
For the sky and the earth and the waters that flow!
Thanks be to God. . . For the stars and the sun and the moon up above
And this wonderful universe you give us with love!
Thanks be to God, Alleluia!
Blessed Kateri Tekawitha (the Basilica's fourth bell is named for her) and Saint Francis of Assisi are patrons of ecology, nature and the environment.
Our annual Blessing of the Animals event celebrates the sacredness of all creation on the Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Francis. In the spirit of St. Francis, the event honors and encourages respect for all creation throughout the year.