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How green is your church? What are the savings?

Solar panels on a church roofJohn Giacon is a Christian Brother who has been involved in promoting green action in his house and at ANU where he is an honorary lecturer, teaching Gamilaraay language. 

Pope Francis begins Laudato Si with:

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. … This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.

The need to care for our sister and mother is clear and urgent, at least to some. Individuals and organisations such as parishes can do a lot themselves, and can influence parishioners, corporations and governments to act.

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