In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, we are invited “to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness” and urged to engage in “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”

In response to Laudato Si’ the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange have developed a Laudato Si’ Action Plan focused on water. It seeks to respond to the cries of the Earth and poor through prayer, education, action, and advocacy.

Great change begins with small steps. Let us each challenge ourselves to see how much plastic we can keep from landfills, oceans and waterways. For one week, we can stop buying drinks that come in single-use plastic bottles. This includes soda, juice, water, spirits, milk, smoothies and more. Challenge yourself to only consume drinks packaged in aluminum, glass or carton containers.

How can we raise our voices for collaborative action? While each of us can help keep plastic out of our water, a comprehensive effort to protect our waterways from plastic pollution requires change from major corporations.

We can urge corporations to take responsibility for their role in polluting our waters with plastic. Let us raise our voices and tell companies to be transparent about plastic use, reduce plastic products, and invest in recycling.

Full story at OC Catholic.