Here at Saint Luke Parish, we have begun an effort to figure out our community goals and the best projects to pursue over the next seven years. Climate change correction takes large as well as small steps to help our planet and its people better enjoy God’s gifts. In terms of figuring out what steps to take, John Jimison is chairing the Care for Creation committee, please see the parish web site under Organizations (Care for Creation), and join us as we talk monthly about activities that we can all pursue as part of Saint Luke’s plans. We are working to establish our goals by the end of September to meet Pope Francis’ call to action. Your input and participation are always welcome
Just as we are trying to make the right choices at Saint Luke’s, we each make small and large daily purchasing decisions. When aggregated together, the choices that we make can carry a lot of weight. Carbon product labeling, started in 2007, has emerged as an area that could be important in consumer purchasing decisions. The Carbon Trust, initially a UK government entity formed to help encourage reduction in greenhouse gases, offers CO2 and carbon footprint labeling for products and companies. With offices in China, Mexico, Africa, the US and other locations, the Carbon Trust claims to be the world’s largest independent certification body for carbon footprints. You may have noticed their various logos on products. They use international standards developed in coordination with the UN such as PAS 2060 to certify the carbon intensity of company activities as well as company products. In this manner, consumers can look for these labels and choose products and companies that are the most environmentally responsible.
Two thirds of 10,000 European consumers surveyed in 2020, at the request of the Carbon Trust, indicated that they are more likely to think positively about a brand that could demonstrate that it had a lower carbon footprint for its projects. As these standards become more widely used, the effect of all of our choices can have a broader impact on climate change.
Please look for these carbon footprint labels, ask about company greenhouse gas policies in products that you purchase and firms that you invest in, and join us on the Care for Creation committee to explore ways we can make a difference at home and for the world.