Care of our Common Home - Ecology resources

This is a new weekly reflection series created by the Salesian Cosmology Group for our diocesan weekly e-newsletter, to help us all to take small positive steps in our care for our common home.

Ash Wednesday, February 14th 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

In the coming weeks we will focus on growing our awareness of the “Common Home” we all share.

The encyclical “Laudato Si” opens with the words “Praise be to you, my Lord”, words made memorable by St. Francis of Assisi. Our common home is one we share with all nature, every creature, every human being. It calls us to develop a mindset of connectedness and interdependence. There is no division or separation-when one suffers, all suffer; when one is in need all are in need; we live mindful of all of life.

A beautiful video reflection on Pope Francis 'Prayer for all the Earth' is available HERE. Please take a moment to pray with us as you watch. Thank you

Image is from Howleys Quay, Limerick city - looking our to the Shannon river.


21st February 2018 A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Our world is alive, complex, beautiful, finite, hurting and it is our home. We take pride in our homes, care for them, carry out repairs, keep them maintained and pass them on to the next generation. Can we broaden this vision to the earth, our common home. Can we take responsibility for its care by the way we live-our use of water; our recycling habits; our consumption of food? Can we take notice of the causes of war, changes in climate patterns, the plight of the displaced and refugees? Can I live more simply so that others can simply live?

Watch a reflective video by clicking here: She’s alive, beautiful, finite, hurting...”


28th February 2018-02-15 A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Ecological Footprint-your ecological footprint is how much land you use through everyday activity. The average size of Ireland’s footprint is 2.38 hectares per person (1 hectare =2.471 acres). The average ecological footprint for each person on the earth is 2.8 hectares. There are only 2 hectares of land on earth per person! And remember that at least 12% of land is need for other species.



7th March 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Water: “fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic systems...some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity” (LS 28).

Why not review your use of water? Get perspective- 4 of 10 people worldwide lack sufficient water, which start  at 50 litres per person per day. How much water do you use compared to people around the world?

Please take a moment to watch this reflective video, to “Stop water pollution and Save our Mother Earth”


14th March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Plastic: Become more aware of your plastic use and create some lasting changes.

  • Give up disposable cups and drinks in plastic bottles
  • Request zero plastic wrapping when shopping
  • Bring your own reusable bags
  • Check labels of toiletries-some facial scrubs and toiletries contain tiny plastic beads. Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient
  • Choose lotions, lip balms and bathroom requirements in plastic free containers


Watch this reflective video on the story of cosmetics here


21st March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Refugees: “Fear is losing your home, your livelihood, your future” (Trocaire 2018). The single biggest programme Trocaire operates today is supporting people displaced by conflict in Myanmer.


Some facts: Over half the refugees worldwide come from just 3 countries-Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan. More than half the refugees around the globe are under the age of 18. A total of 2.8 million refugees live in refugee camps.

Help put lives back together this Lent.


Please take a moment to watch this video by clicking on the link: “What does it mean to be a Refugee”?



28th March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Our world is amazing.

We are often so busy, so preoccupied; that we miss its stunning beauty, its changing seasons, its tiny flowers and mighty landscapes.

Take some time this week to notice the amazing world God has created for us to live in. Observe it. Enjoy it. Live it.

If you can't get outdoors today, take a moment to watch “The earth is our Common Home”


4th April 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

“This day was made by the Lord. Let us rejoice and be glad”.

Pope Francis in Laudato Si calls us to gratitude when he says: "One expression of this attitude is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need." (LS 227)

A simple recommendation we can all take on in the Easter season is to give thanks both before and after meals.   A hymn of Gratitude for us to listen to is HERE


April 11th 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

“You Raise me up to more than I can be”.

In these Easter days we experience resurrection, new life for the whole cosmos, the whole universe. As you go to today’s link take in the words, the scenery, the music. Taste the wonder and the richness of a world renewed by the presence of God.

Take a moment today to listen and enjoy the scenes and music of:  “You Raise me up”


April 18th, 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Sunday 22nd April is “Earth day”. Earth Day is a day of global action calling for the better care of our planet earth by its stewards, humanity. The action point for this year is “End Plastic Pollution”.


From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

Stand up! Join up! Take action!

Click on this link for more information and ideas for action:






April 25th 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

An Irish Times editorial, entitled “A Plastic Plague”, lists how plastic is very functional and is used for a wide number of activities. It is important in food safety, transport and medicine. Campaigning for its complete elimination is probably unrealistic. However, we need to have a more critical examination of our use of plastic. Above all we need to find more sustainable ways to deal with its management.

Link: “Great pacific Garbage Patch-Ocean Pollution Awareness”






2nd May 2018: A Space for Ecology/ Cosmology

So how can we begin the Journey Away from plastic:

”A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield economic and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. They prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to consider their environmental footprint and their patterns of production”. Laudato Si 206, Pope Francis.

Drink bottles are one of the most common types of plastic waste.

In 2016 a million plastic bottles were sold per minute!

Can you move from plastic one-use bottles to reuseable bottles this week?

Watch this video to learn more about “The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch”


9th May 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

In Ireland, in response to the question: Would you support a ban on single- use disposable coffee cups?, 56% of people said that they would. (source: www.the

How can we make a difference in our journey away from waste, into appreciation of Gods creation?:

  • Take your own plastic pledge and invest in a “Keep Cup” for hot drinks
  • Avoid purchasing plastic bottles, invest in a bottle for life for water and cold drinks
  • Reduce-reuse-recycle clothes, furniture, books and more
  • When purchasing new items think first-do I need it? Will it last? Could I borrow or hire this?


This is serious - want to learn more - take a few minutes to watch this video:  “Plastic Ocean”


16th May 2018 :A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Cloughjordan Community Development Committee open Biodiversity week

2018 with Ecumenical Eco Service.

Ireland's National Biodiversity Week 2018 will take place from 19th - 27th May 2018.

Over 50 events will be taking place all across Ireland encouraging us to get up close and personal with our natural environments and celebrate our diverse species and habitats.

All events are free to attend and open to all the family! For more see

To take part in one of the Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition, please visit Cash prizes of up to €500 for winners!

Biodiversity Week is organised by the Irish Environmental Network ( and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Trust (

To learn more, see and watch this UNESCO video about “Learning to protect biodiversity” unesco


23rd May 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

" The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimental effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others." (Laudato Si 159, Pope Francis)

In the light of LSi159, Christian groups should be at the forefront of those trying to protect our oceans from becoming a plastic sink. They should campaign to remove all single-use plastics (That is plastics used only once and then thrown away) by 2020. This campaign is essential because, the oceans where life began and thrived for billions of years is seriously threatened. ...And we have caused it.

Take a moment to consider these ideas by watching: Understanding Laudato Si - Intergenerational Solidarity!


30th may 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Consider the effect of plastic on fish and on birds.

David Attenborough points out that “pieces of plastic in the oceans will soon outnumber fish”. Of course, plastic is dangerous for all marine and bird life because they eat the plastic debris, mistaking it for food and so they can choke and starve to death.

Watch ”Ocean of Garbage” to learn more about the effect of our overuse of plastic on Gods creation


6th June 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

10 ways you to improve the many can you achieve?

Link: “10 ways to improve the environment”