April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, what is considered by many people to be the start of the modern environmental movement. Initiated by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day’s public education about challenges to the environment led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
For women who follow the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi — the first environmentalist — every day is Earth Day. We are disappointed that just days before Earth Day and in the middle of a health crisis that attacks the lungs, the administration rolled back regulations on mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants.
We urge you to take Pope Francis’ pledge to protect the environment, as outlined in his encyclical Laudato Si: Care of our Common Home, and live the pledge by incorporating these tips into your daily life. We also strongly encourage you to contact your members of Congress and ask their support in keeping in place environmental regulations that
protect our health and our planet’s health.
Video – Earth Day’s Golden Anniversary – Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities