Action - 4 December 2016

en - Saving on Consumerism


"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." -Senator Edward Kennedy.


`He will keep you firm to the end’ ( I Cor 1: 8), `Keep your hopes high (James 5:8) quotes from the Advent liturgy; this is a counterpoint to what is happening in our world where the darkness deepens in the Northern hemisphere and in the political scene.


Leonard Cohen used to visit Mullaghmore, Sligo, in Ireland. His last song was `You want it darker’, he was facing his own death at the time. It is a song for our time. As our world darkens let us keep firm and do what little we can.


The work group on mission for the Anglo Celtic Territory PCA emphasised the importance of care of the earth as expressed in Laudato Si. One practical outcome was to remind one another of the small steps which can make a difference. Sister Mary Malone LSA volunteered to circulate a few tips each month. Below are the December tips.


With Christmas approaching, we might focus on purchases!


1. As far as possible buy Fair-trade goods.


Be conscious of where and how goods are produced. A lot of big brand products use child labour and pay very low wages to workers. (www.ethicalconsumer.org)


2. ‘Buy Nothing Day’.


Try to get out of rat-race and consumer pressure. Since 1970 production of goods has increased 7 fold and the resources of the world has decreased 33%.


3. Be a responsible consumer.


Everything we buy has an impact on the environment. When buying goods keep these in mind; how was it made? Did its manufacturing create pollution? Can the packaging be recycled? How far has it travelled? The closer you are to the source of the product, the easier it is to trace its footprint.


4. Give “No waste gifts”


Gifts are not just about money spent. Give tickets to a concert or show. Go to the movies, make gifts, cook a meal, and give time to family / community / friends / loved ones.