Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2017

Earth Concerns News


Food, Tradition, Nutrition and Prayer: Looking at Food Today by Dot Hathway, CSJ Associate
Everyone's talking about food! The National Geographic is publishing an eight-month series on food in both print and online.
Jun 3, 2015

Green America Succeeds in Getting Major Companies to Consider Earth by Sister Clare Pelkey
As you know, Home/Land has been bringing you food-related articles to support our province focus on food as a right for all. We would like to interrupt the regularly scheduled theme to bring you this information which was recently posted on the web. We want to share the GOOD NEWS with you regarding what people can do when they take online action. Thanks to supporters, 2014 has been the best year ever at Green America! With your support, Green America had huge successes in getting major companies to protect people and the planet. Hershey, General Mills and Apple are only three of the corporations that recognized the power of over 200,000 Green Americans who have been calling for social justice and environmental responsibility. We give thanks for our work together in effecting the following: ? Hershey is adopting cocoa certified free of child labor ahead of schedule, protecting children throughout West Africa from horrible labor conditions; ? General Mills removed GMOs from original Cheerios; the action was followed quickly by Post which removed GMOs from Grape Nuts; ? Apple banned benzene and n-hexane, two of the most toxic chemicals, from its final assembly factories. ? National Geographic adopted recycled fiber paper for its flagship publication, saving forests and reducing climate emissions; ? Chobani announced three new lines of organic yogurt and is working to get non-GMO feed for all the cows whose milk goes into making the yogurt; ? Amazon.com hired a sustainability director and promised to use renewable energy for the company¯s massive servers; ? Four major banks stopped issuing predatory payday-lending loans which trap American consumers in a cycle of debt; ? Green America won a prestigious Business Ethics Network (BENNY) Award for its Raise the Bar Hershey Campaign to combat child labor in the production of cocoa. On another front, Natural Resources Defense Council, a 1.4 million-member group, in which we as a province have a membership, recently reported a huge legal victory over the SHELL Oil Company when the Ninth District Federal Appeals Court threw out a lawsuit Shell brought against NRDC and its environmental and Alaska Native partners. Seeking a declaration that its Arctic drilling permits complied with all laws, Shell had hauled the three groups into court, in effect asserting it could force NRDC to litigate any aspect of its permits in a court¯and at a time of Shell¯s choosing. The action was a radical new legal tactic that would give other big corporations a frightening weapon for intimidating public interest groups, tie NRDC up in court, divert its resources and make it harder to defend the public interest by focusing on smart fights. The Ninth Circuit Court unanimously ruled that Shell¯s lawsuit did not meet basic constitutional standards, thus upholding NRDC¯s (as well as individual) constitutional rights to petition the government on development proposals. All these victories provide the incentive for us to keep on advocating for justice for our Mother Earth! (For more ¯victory¯ stories, go to www.nrdc.org/victories; the article is adapted from NRDC¯s Newsletter ¯Nature¯s Voice,¯ Winter 2015)
May 3, 2015

The ABCs (Arugula, Beets, Cabbage) of CSA of (Community Supported Agriculture) by Betsy Van Deusen
Community Supported Agriculture is about 25-years old.
Apr 2, 2015

Jubilee Suggestions for the Earth Community
Jubilee is always a time of great celebration, and we CSJs have much to celebrate in the lives of our 47 jubilarians!
Feb 2, 2015

Climate Change and Me! by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
On May 7 the Home/Land Committee hosted its annual Earth Night at the Provincial House.
Jul 3, 2014

Committee to Offer Readers Reflections and Green Steps by Dorothy Hathway, CSJA
In his final book before his death in 1996, Carl Sagan wrote: "...Our planet is indivisible. In North America, we breathe oxygen generated in the Brazilian rain forest.
Jul 3, 2014

Home/Land Committee Members Reflect on Communion within Earth Community
A recent discussion among members of the Province Home/Land Committee revealed the diversity of approaches we use to explore the significance of our work.
Mar 1, 2014

Pope Francis: Good News for the Whole Earth Community by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
In my new ministry at St. Joseph,s Church in Schenectady, I have been able to visit in the last four months a good number of churches, both Protestant and Catholic.
Feb 1, 2014

Let Us Learn Sustainability from Our Sponsored Ministry by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ
Our 2013 Acts of Congregational Chapter urge us to partner with new eyes, joining "with others in working for systemic change that will enable all to live in right relationships."
Jan 1, 2014

Provincial House Food Service Supports Sustainability by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
Supporting the preservation of the American family farm, reducing the carbon footprint of our supply chain and giving back to the local communities are central to our core values.
Dec 1, 2013

Adirondack Cabin Provides Exceptional View of the Overwhelming Beauty of God's Creation by Dorothy Hathway, CSJA
I'm writing today from a small lake in the Adirondack mountains, five miles from the town where I was born.
Sep 1, 2013

Technology Can Help Us Contribute to the Sacredness of Life by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
As Lin Neil wrote in her article last month titled, "Awakening to Good News for our Earth," this year the Home/Land Committee will feature a series of articles celebrating some of the good news that is happening for our Earth and how we can support and extend that good news in our daily life.
Jul 8, 2013

Awakening to Good News for Our Earth by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
Every year the HomeLand Committee chooses a focus on which to reflect. In this way, we hope, there is a theme that will catch your attention and build on a foundation of information and experience for the year.
Jun 1, 2013

The Holy Dwelling of God in Scripture and in Nature by Sister Francine Dempsey, CSJ
Elizabeth Johnson, in the third part of her lecture on the Holy Spirit, spoke on the "cosmic presence of the Holy Spirit."
May 1, 2013

Switching into Sustainability by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ
The theme of this year's HomeLand activities and articles continues to be bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet, just what we have been talking about in our preparations for our Provincial and General Chapters.
Mar 31, 2013

"Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream" by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
Hopefully, many of our readers are noticing a thread through several of the articles authored by our Home/Land Committee in the past year.
Feb 6, 2013

Food Recycling Decreases Emission of Deadly Gases by Janet Derby, CSJA
Currently, only about three percent of all food waste is recycled even though it is the third largest component by weight in landfills (about 40 percent).
Jan 1, 2013

Are We Following Jesus' Footsteps in Our Care for the Earth? by Sister Marguerite E. Donovan, CSJ
During the recent fall months, we were blessed with several weeks of flaming, leafy glory, a bright and welcome relief from the darkness of campaign sniping and blurred, questionable wisdom from the candidates.
Dec 1, 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha: Her Life and Her Relationship with Nature by Dorothy Hathway, CSJA
One of our newest saints, Kateri Tekahkwitha [Tekakwitha], has been called a patroness of ecology, and perhaps that's true.
Nov 2, 2012

The Power of a Few Individuals in Saving the Earth by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ
Last spring the Home/Land Committee hosted a program called "Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream."
Oct 1, 2012

Practical and Spiritual Practices Create Guiding Principles for a Sustainable and Just Human Presence on Earth by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
The presenters of the Awakening the Dreamer program (about which Sister Lin Neil wrote in her July column) distributed a paper to all who attended.
Sep 1, 2012

HomeLand Committee Sponsors "Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream" Symposium
In April, the Home/Land Committee sponsored the Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream Symposium at the Hospitality Center.
Jun 30, 2012

What I Wish Were Fiction by Sister Debbis Timmis, CSJ
About a year ago I read the book, "Little Bee: A Novel," by Chris Cleave.
Jun 1, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy by Sister Marguerite Edward Donovan, CSJ
Over the past year, the Home/Land Committee has, by means of a monthly article in CE, encouraged readers to see the universe, including our planet, as the precious creation of our Loving God.
May 1, 2012

Catskill Mountainkeeper Produces PSA against Hydrofracking in New York State
Catskill Mountainkeeper.com is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the new campaign, "Don't Frack with AnyBody of Water."
Apr 26, 2012

Global Climate Change and the Clean Air Act by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ
This month we continue our articles on aspects of global climate change by highlighting The Clean Air Act.
Mar 29, 2012

How Clean Is Coal? by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
This month's article from the Home/Land Committee is not the most upbeat topic, but I hope to shed some light on the ever-growing myth that there is something "clean" about coal.
Feb 4, 2012

Hydrofracking: the People and the Problems by Dorothy Hathway, CSJ Associate
"One of the first things you learn when you move to the country is that you don't count."
Jan 20, 2012

The Tragedy of Tar-Sands Extraction by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
For me, the tragedy of the extraction of tar sands became very clear when I saw a few photos like the one below.
Dec 3, 2011

Hydrofracking: Financial Gains versus Health Hazards to People and Environment by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
Climatologists tell us that the rate of climate change since 1975 is ten times greater than that which has happened over the past 21,000 years.
Nov 7, 2011

Home-Schooling Yourself about Our Planet by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ
It's September, back to school time!
Sep 13, 2011

The Center for Food Safety Provides Valuable Information and Resources
The Home/Land Committee has been offering a number of informative websites that deal with issues that are important to Earth and protecting Earth to the Seventh Generation whose theme we are celebrating this summer in St. Louis.
Jun 1, 2011

Join in Efforts to Preserve Our Water in Anti-Fracking Movement by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ
Attention water drinkers! Join efforts to preserve our water supply by doing what you can to stop fracking in the United States.
Apr 30, 2011

Media-Rich Websites on Earth Issues by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
As we continue our series of articles concerning ecological resources and actions found on the internet, I would like to direct your attention this month to web resources that are media rich with video and audio.
Apr 30, 2011

More Websites for Reducing, Reusing and Recycling by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
This month, following our topic of presenting Earth-related websites that we hope will be helpful to you, we will turn to a green mantra: Reduce; reuse; recycle.
Apr 5, 2011

Home/Land Committee To Present A Variety of Earth-Related Websites by Sister Clare Pelkey
In our 2007 Act of Chapter, Deepening Communion with Creation, we state that we are moved by an urgent concern for Earth and the survival of its life systems and are challenged to express unifying love.
Mar 3, 2011

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Chapter 10 by Sister Mary Louise Dolan, CSJ
Whatever is this article about? It is, of course, about the transformation that was the theme of our Community Weekend in October.
Feb 1, 2011

Plan B: Mobilizing To Save Civilization 4.0: Summary of Chapter 9 by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ
Throughout this year the Home/Land Committee has been summarizing an important but difficult book, entitled Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Dec 31, 2010

Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization: Summary of Chapter 8 by Mickey Kelly, CSJA
Each month, a member of the Home/Land Committee is presenting information from a chapter of the book, PLAN B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, by Lester R. Brown.
Dec 1, 2010

Plan B 4.0: Chapter 7: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
Welcome to our seventh installment from the book Plan B 4.0 by Lester R. Brown.
Nov 1, 2010

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Chapter 6 by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
This month the Home/Land Committee continues a discussion of the book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, by Lester Brown. Chapter 6 is entitled "Designing Cities for People."
Oct 1, 2010

Plan B 4.0, Chapter 5: Stabilizing Climate: Shifting to Renewable Energy by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ
I invite you to sit quietly for a few minutes and allow your mind to zoom ahead to the year 2020.
Sep 1, 2010

Thomas Berry's Fourfold Wisdom Guides Conference Theme by Sister Linda Neil, CSJ
In his book, The Great Work, Thomas Berry introduced the theme of the Fourfold Wisdom.
Sep 1, 2010

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Chapter 4 by Janet Derby, CSJ Associate
Each month, a member of the Home/Land Committee is presenting information from a chapter of Lester R. Brown's book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Chapter 4, "Stabilizing Climate: an Energy Efficient Revolution," is summarized here by Associate Janet Derby.
Jul 7, 2010

Chapter 2: Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
In Chapter Two, entitled Population Pressure: Land and Water, Brown zeros in on the following: civilization's eroding foundation, topsoil; falling water tables; water from farmland being lost to cities; land and water conflicts; competition for grain between people and cars; and the rising number of environmental refugees.
May 31, 2010

PH Food Services Commits to Earth-Friendly Food adapted by Sister Mary Rose Noonan, CSJ, and Abra Marion, PH Food Services Manager
The food-service industry is facing a rapid demand for services that have a meaningful sense of environmental and social responsibility.
May 1, 2010

PLAN B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization: A Book Summary by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
The Home/Land articles for Carondelet East for May and June summarize the first three chapters in a book, published in 2009 by The Earth Policy Institute.
May 1, 2010

Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph's Statement on Climate Change
We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council and (Congregation/Province), compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the "dear neighbor" without distinction, are concerned for all of God’s creation and our sisters and brothers everywhere.
Apr 26, 2010

Pope Benedict's Peace Message and Our Call to Care for God's Gift of Creation by Sister Diane Zigo, CSJ
During the past few years, I've made it a point to read the Pope's annual message, written for the World Day of Peace, celebrated on January 1.
Apr 3, 2010

Meet Sister Linda Neil: Presenter on Earth-Concern Issues
Meet Sister Linda Neil, CSJ! Sister Linda is the first Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet from the Albany Province to complete a master¯s degree in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Wood College, IN.
Mar 1, 2010

Waiting for Bees by Sister Marion C. Honors, CSJ
Last spring, my newly planted vegetable garden struggled through five weeks of rain and cold.
Mar 1, 2010

Indigenous Grandmothers Join Across the World
On October 11, 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world--the Alaskan Tundra, North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia--arrived at Tibet House's Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York amidst 340 acres of forests, fields and streams.
Jan 20, 2010

Pope Benedict's Peace Message Reinforces Obligation to Care for Creation
Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 Message for the World Day of Peace, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," is the latest in a long tradition of Church teaching on our obligation to care for creation.
Jan 18, 2010

Climate Change and Wildlife: a Matter of the Heart by Sister Mary Ellen Curtin, CSJ
Have you noticed a change in our seasons? This year the change seemed remarkable.
Jan 1, 2010

The Copenhagen Climate Summit: Two Perspectives by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
The following are two perspectives on the results of the Copenhagen Climate Summit.
Jan 1, 2010

Climate Change and the Sisters of St. Joseph by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ
Climate change! We are all aware if it and have been learning what we can do about it in this year's Home/Land Committee's articles.
Nov 28, 2009

Thoreau's Legacy: New Book Available Concerning Global Warming
This new anthology from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics brings together established writers and fresh voices to inspire us with personal stories and reflections on global warming.
Nov 5, 2009

Sisters of St. Joseph Gather for 350.org by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
On October 24, 2009 , eight Sisters of St. Joseph gathered in Ballston Spa, NY, as part of the Homeland Committee's sponsored 350.org event in solidarity with 5,248 rallies and protests spread across 181 countries around the world.
Oct 31, 2009

Pray and Act To Reduce Our Carbon Footprint by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ
Attending a premier showing of a movie called "The Age of Stupid" is not necessarily what I might call a great night out, but it reiterated for me so much of what we, as members of the Home/Land Committee have been writing and speaking about for a long time.
Sep 30, 2009

Join in Action on October 24: International Day of Climate Action! by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ
"If the imagination is to transcend and transform experience, it has to question, to challenge, to conceive of alternatives, perhaps to the very life you are living at the moment. " (Adrienne Rich)
Aug 30, 2009

Be an Advocate for the Fair Global-Climate Grassroots Movement by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
You are invited to participate in a global movement on the part of the grassroots to affect UN policy making, regarding climate change through the crafting of a fair global-climate treaty.
Jun 25, 2009

Deepening Communion with Creation: A Congregational Feature
The Creation Story has been passed along to us for many generations through many different cultures with each generation and culture adding its own insight and color to God's love affair with creation.
May 31, 2009

Neighbors by Sister Marion C. Honors, CSJ
In an ecological ethic, Jesus' great command to "love your neighbor as yourself" extends to include all members of the life community.
May 31, 2009

Water of Life by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ
Last month we celebrated Earth Day (April 22). That week, in addition to hearing Marion Honors in "Stories of Home," I had the privilege of presenting a program at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, entitled, "Water of Life."
Apr 28, 2009

Using Technology to Green Your Routine by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ
Learning to live gently on Earth and "greening" our routine is a complex process with no easy solution.
Apr 1, 2009

Disposing of Unused Medications by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ
As a member of the Home/Land Committee, I chose the topic, "Disposing of Unused Medications," for my article in Carondelet East.
Feb 27, 2009

Earth Charter and the CSJ 2007 Acts of Chapter by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ
With this article the Home/Land Committee concludes its series of articles on the Earth Charter and its relevance to our 2007 Acts of Chapter.
Jan 29, 2009

Earth Charter, Principle #4 by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

Jan 1, 2009

The Earth Charter, Principle 8: Ecological Sustainability by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

Nov 30, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 5 by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ

Nov 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 9 by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ

Oct 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 2 by Sister Mary Ellen Curtin, CSJ

Sep 1, 2008

Earth Charter, First Principle by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ

Aug 1, 2008

The Earth Charter, Principle 3 by Janet Derby, CSJ Associate

Jun 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 7 by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

May 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 16 by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ

Apr 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 11 by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ

Mar 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 1: Respect and Care for the Community of Life by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

Feb 1, 2008

Earth Charter, Principle 15 by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ

Jan 1, 2008

Federation Takes Stance on Climate Control by Sister Mary Rose Noonan, CSJ

Dec 14, 2007

Earth Charter and the Sisters of St. Joseph by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ

Oct 31, 2007

Harvests by Sister Marion Honors, CSJ

Oct 3, 2007

Shop and Eat in a Way That Blesses the Earth Community by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

Sep 5, 2007

Food Practices Are Coupled with "Our Call to the More" by Sister Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ

Jul 17, 2007

Are We Swallowing the Values of Fast-Food Corporations? by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ

Jun 3, 2007

Shop with Respect: Shop Fair Trade by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ

May 3, 2007

Creative Eating Habits by Sister Mary Agnes Kehoe, CSJ

Apr 2, 2007

Face of Food Pantries Changes Dramatically by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ

Mar 3, 2007

Global Warming: A Blanket That Smothers by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

Jan 2, 2007

Heifer International Helps Reclaim Local Food Systems by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ

Dec 2, 2006

Sharing Our Planet's Resources by Janet Derby, CSJAssociate

Nov 2, 2006

Committee Urges Us To Become Familiar with Our Area by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

Oct 3, 2006

Celebrating Water's Many Names by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ

Sep 3, 2006

Water: The Wellspring of Life by Howard Woodard, CSJ Associate

Aug 1, 2006

The World's Water Crisis and Its Effect on Women and Children by Sister Mary Agnes Kehoe, CSJ

Jun 1, 2006

A Little Drip Takes a Trip by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

May 2, 2006

May the God of April Showers Bring Healing Rain by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ

Apr 4, 2006

International Observance of Water Day Is March 22 by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ

Mar 7, 2006

Water, Water, Everywhere and Every Drop Counts by Janet Derby, CSJ Associate

Feb 1, 2006

What Has Water Been Saying To Us All These Years? by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ

Jan 4, 2006

Recognize Water as a Gift To Be Shared Among All God's Children by Mickey Kelley, CSJ Associate

Nov 2, 2005

E-waste: What Is It and What Can We Do About it? by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ

Oct 9, 2005

Troy Is a Treasure Trove by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

Sep 6, 2005

This Is Captain Jane T. Ken of the Spaceship Surveillant by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

Jul 12, 2005

Contemplate the Beauty of the Earth for Enduring Reserves by Sister Mary Agnes Kehoe, CSJ

Jun 1, 2005

To Be a Sister of St. Joseph Is To Be Interested in the Cosmos by Marianne Comfort

May 4, 2005

Water Is Integral to Our Faith Journey, Our Life Journey by Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ

Apr 5, 2005

Prayer for Celebrating Spring Equinox by the Homeland Committee by Sister Marguerite Tierney, CSJ

Mar 3, 2005

Easter Originally Observed at Time of Spring Equinox by Janet Derby, CSJ Associate

Feb 1, 2005

Canadian Farmer Receives Mixed Judgement by Courts by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ

Jan 2, 2005

Stillness by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ

Dec 1, 2004

Science and Religion by Sister Mary Catherine Rich, CSJ

Oct 12, 2004

Sisters of Earth: An Experience of Hope by Sister Lin Neil, CSJ

Sep 8, 2004

Family, Community Heritage Leads to Reverence and Affection for Land by Sister Elizabeth Varley, CSJ

Jun 1, 1995

Our Homeland Has History of Richness: the Future Is Up to Us by Sister Marilyn Feehan, CSJ

May 2, 1995

PH Land Is Home to All Creatures by Sister Irene Kruse, CSJ

Apr 4, 1995

Reflections on Plant Life at the Provincial House by Sister Jean Keating, CSJ

Mar 1, 1995

Those Who Walked Here Before Us: The Turtle Island Story by Sister Joanne St. Hilaire, CSJ

Feb 1, 1995

Province Home/Land Committee Shares Weekend's Story by Dorothy Bunal

Jan 2, 1995