Monthly Focus on Climate Change

Focus for January 2020

Identify: This month’s focus is on The Our Father, as we ask for our daily bread today  as explained by Pope Francis during his General Audience of March 27, 2019: “Here…our daily bread” means not just food, but also all the necessities of life, such as water, medicine, a home, a job.”

Link:  Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)  Luke 11″2-4 (NIV) and the following General Audiences of Pope Francis on The Our Father. Match 6, 2019 March 20, 2019, especially March 27, 2019

Pray: When praying The Our Father this month consider what “our daily bread” means to you, and yours, within the ecological realities of our municipality.

Act:  As Catholics of Kingston we can add our prayers of thanks to God for the sustained ecology and infrastructure of our municipal environment, that provides clean water, fresh air, parks and green spaces, safe home communities, employment, medical expertise and ample foods in our markets.

Focus for December 2019

Identify: This month’s environmental focus is on Kingston’s Council responsible for our emergency climate change plans and all the workers of the Public Works Departments who implement those plans for us and our sustained environment.

Link: Visit the city’s public works website @ Kingston public works that actively sustains our ecological environment within the city’s plans and budget. Also visit the city’s Climate Action Working Group

Pray: Pray for all the city planners and workers responsible for our human well being, our sustainable clean air, water and the human “concrete” infrastructures essential to safe urban daily life and commerce e.g. maintained parks, break waters, electric buses etc.

Act: Next time you meet a Councillor, deal with a city worker or notice one at work voice a thanks, share a smile or wave in greeting with an equally important silent thanks to God for our sustained community’s environmental well being.

Focus for November 2019

Identify: This month’s environmental focus is on our city’s annual tree planting program: “Planting trees is one of the City’s climate actions – we are working to double the city’s tree canopy over the next decade to combat climate change and to maintain the health of Kingston’s urban forest,” says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

Link: Visit the city’s sustainability/nature-forests-gardens website, the top 22 benefits of trees as well as the site of trees of Eastern Ontario

Pray: Pray for the profusion of our city’s sustained tree cover for its beauty and health benefits to all life in our environment, for those who actively sustain it and for the Spirit’s guidance on how to best contribute to such efforts.

Act: As you walk about, alone or with others, look around for such new plantings in a nearby park, your neighbourhood, a back yard and share the wonder of their beauty and their valued contribution to the well being of our common home.