Care for Our Common Home
Parishioner Lead: Annie & John Hisle
Our mission is to create a culture of Caring for our Common Home - MOTHER EARTH at Holy Trinity Church. We aim to educate ourselves, our fellow parishioners and our larger Church together with local, state and federal lawmakers about the perils of Climate Change. We also aim to advocate for positive actions to be taken at all levels of Church and State to reduce our carbon footprints.
Where to start? Perhaps begin with an ecological examen. Explore the climate solutions at Project Drawdown. Join Interfaith Power & Light to learn about opportunities to speak out for creation in DC, MD and VA. Join the HT Green Team to learn more about campus and local efforts to care for our common home. Familiarize yourself with the newly released ADW Laudato Si' Action Plan. Sign up for Renewing the Earth: Living Laudato Si in the Year of Ignatius, a campaign that invites the Ignatian family to consider St. Ignatius’ conversion, or “cannonball moment,” as a model for our own ecological conversion in this historic environmental moment that requires a renewal of our spirits and of the earth. Join members of the Ignatian family, along with thousands of Christians around the world, to celebrate, pray, and take action during this ecumenical celebration from September 2 though St. Francis Day on October 4.
The HT Green Team meets once a month on a Monday at 7pm. We typically welcome a guest speaker to discuss a specific focus. Please register for a meeting, and a Zoom invitation will be shared with you.
Green Team Goals in 2023
In December 2022, Green Team members met with the PPC to encourage a campus-wide adoption of green initiatives. These include:
- Finalizing installation of solar panels
- Action Plan following the 2022 Energy & Domestic Water Assessment
- Movement to Zero-Waste Campus
- Invitation to pray an Ecological Examen
- 2nd Annual Green Fair on April 23
The HT Green Team invites you to “go green” by purchasing your electricity from renewable sources or offsetting your carbon footprint. Fortunately, if you live in DC, MD or No.VA there are options available for you to switch your electricity provider to a renewable source or to purchase offsets to your carbon production. It often takes just a few minutes to make the switch! This document highlights the options available in DC/MD/VA.
- HT Green Team Meeting Guest Speaker: John Twidell presentation
- Fr. Gaël Giraud, S.J. presentation
- Solar Energy Presentation
Sign the Faith Voter Climate Pledge
Support faith-informed climate policies, learn more:
- Global Catholic Climate Movement - http://laudatosimovement.org
- Catholic Climate Covenant - http://catholicclimatecovenant.org
- Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) - http://ipldmv.org
- Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (VA) - http://faithforclimate.org
- Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake - http://interfaithchesapeake.org