only a revolution if you show up
Dominicans Mark Earth
April 22, 2007-- This year marks the 37th anniversary of a day that
changed the way people understand their home planet.One of the Earth
Day founders, Gaylord Nelson, believed strongly that education is
the key to changing people's attitudes about the environment and
he devoted much of his energy to that challenge.
Earth Day has become an international time of focus on issues that
threaten our survival and the survival of our home planet. Dominicans
int he US have strong commitments to this effort. Here is a summary
of just some of the activites that took place.
Houston Dominicans and friends celebrated
Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 at St.
Dominic Villa. This is the culmination of a year-long small
group study of the workbook, An Amazing Journey: The Universe
and Me, (Global
Education Assoc, St. Paul, MN) . Around 50
people are expected to attend.
Adrian Dominican Sisters – will use April
22 as the climax of a series of programs that have been held since
February 28th, as their Earth Season.
Eileen Gannon, OP, (Sparkhil)l the Dominican NGO representative
to the United Nations, spoke on the significance of the Earth
Charter. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental
principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society
in the 21st century. Sister Mary Kay Homan, OP, provided a brief
summary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation’s
endorsement of the Earth Charter in September 2003, while Sister
Peg Albert, OP, President of Siena Heights University, and Deborah
Keller, Principal of St. Joseph Academy, publicly endorsed their
of the Earth Charter. In addition, hands-on, Earth-centered activities
took place at St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights University.
Dominican Sisters of Hope and Mariandale Retreat
been involved in the Garrison
Institute. Representation from both
have signed on to Our
Shared Nature ~ A Transformational Ecology Compact for the Hudson
~ Earth Day 2007
Nancy Erts,OP (Hope) is also on the steering committee for "Earth
Day World Cafe: What Hudson River Valley Religious Leaders Can Do
to Respond to Global Warming and the Climate Crisis." On Saturday,
April 21, the eve of Earth Day, there was a gathering at the
Garrison Institute for deep listening, networking, and sharing best
practices on greening communities and promoting sustainability.
The Hudson River Project is a project of the Garrison Institute's
Initiative on Transformational Ecology. Over the last three years,
it has developed a network of diverse congregations and community
groups working to articulate and implement shared spiritual and ecological
values and is helping catalyze the greening of houses of worship
and wider communities throughout the Hudson bioregion.
The Caldwell Dominicans sent out a newsletter of suggestions for
good earth friendly practices like not using bottled water, replacing
light bulbs. The group lends DVD educational matterial on global
warming suitable for grades 7-12 and adults called Too
Hot Not to Handle and a program for middel grade students called Lighting