The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 2
Touched by God’s mercy and compassion and fired by the inspiration of the Gospel and Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy advocate, educate and collaborate for environmental justice. We are each called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation, human and non-human. For ‘everything is connected’.
‘Garbage’ is the name given to materials discarded by humans because these are seen to no longer be useful or have a purpose. Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse changes. Garbage and pollution are issues often linked together with garbage resulting in pollution of the natural environment