Local or Organic: Which Should We Buy?
As we all try to live more lightly on our planet home, we sometimes encounter perplexing decisions. Given several choices – all environmentally positive – how can we know which is more ecologically sustainable? Food choices are an obvious example: is it better to buy “locally produced” or “organic” foods? While there is no simple answer, this article by Sister Verónica Fajardo, C.S.C., provides helpful information for your reflection and decision making.
Going Local: Life after Globalization
This article, written by Sister Aline Marie (Steuer), C.S.C., offers a wonderful explanation of localization and an invitation for us all to embrace ecological economics for the good not only of the human community, but the entire earth community.
Cultivating Sustainable Communities: Practical Ways to Build Local Economies
The attached article, Cultivating Sustainable Communities: Practical Ways to Build Local Economies, by Amy Cavender CSC, gives us many practical suggestions for supporting and growing local economies. Amy outlines the ecological impact of our present global trading system, and offers compelling reasons for “buying local” whenever possible. She also provides us with many video and web-based resources for further exploration.
From Yes! Magazine: The Law of Mother Earth--Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill
The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia's Historic Bill by Nick Buxton, Yes! Magazine. 29 April 2011. Nick Buxton wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. He spent four years in Bolivia learning from movements fighting for social and environmental justice. He currently works for the Transnational Institute in Netherlands and has been seconded to work with the Bolivian government on climate justice issues on a number of occasions.
What is Fair Trade?
Sister Ann Oestreich, IHM, and Luciana de Paula Soares present fair trade as a bridge issue between ecological economics and human trafficking.
Prayer and Reflection Resources
Interdependence: Our Gift, Our Strength
We believe God’s Spirit is present in every generation, event, and encounter. At this moment, in our particular time in history, we are called to listen deeply to the movement of that Spirit being expressed in the struggles of our Earth community. We gather in silence, prayerful reflection, and conversation to share with each other how we can deepen our living of interdependence.