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ABOUT…The Green Schools Initiative?

The Green Schools Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists who were shocked by how un-environmental their kids’ schools were and mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the U.S. We believe it is essential to protect children’s health – at school and in the world beyond school – and we work to catalyze and support “green” actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers to reduce the environmental footprint of schools by: Eliminating toxics–Using resources sustainably–Creating green schoolyards and buildings–Serving healthy food–Teaching environmental literacy and stewardship.

The environmental impact of the 130,000 public, private and charter K-12 schools, which educate or employ 1 in 5 Americans, is enormous, in financial, ecological and health terms. The impact includes millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, thousands of tons of garbage and toxic waste, and exposure to unhealthy conditions that affect students’ ability to learn. A growing body of evidence shows that “green” schools that integrate sustainable facilities, healthy operations, and environmental curricula result in environmental and financial savings, improved health for students and staff, and better academic achievement.

We work to transform schools into models of sustainability for communities, engaging youth in hands-on, inquiry-based learning and action to improve the health and sustainability of facilities and operations.

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Good News

Dog With Vitiligo helps Children


For parents like Stephanie Adcock, one of the greatest challenges of having a child with vitiligo — a skin condition that causes white patches due to loss of pigmentation — is teaching them to embrace their appearance and feel confident in their own skin.

Rowdy, a 14-year-old black lab who lives in Oregon with his owner, Niki Umbenhower, began showing signs of vitiligo when he was 11. She first noticed faint, white patches around Rowdy’s eyes, but quickly saw his skin pigmentation change, resulting in white spots throughout his black fur.

“People started reaching out to me and telling me stories of their kids who had vitiligo,” said Umbenhower, explaining that within a few months, she was contacted by Stella Pavlides, the founder and president of the American Vitiligo Research Foundation (AVRF,) about getting Rowdy involved with the organization.

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In the News

Why classroom pets are so important to our kids


As back to school sales start popping up all over, teachers may begin to consider whether adopting a small animal as a classroom pet might be a good idea. Having a classroom pet can be a wonderful opportunity for children. Caring for a pet teaches kids about animal behavior and how to properly care for and interact with pets. But here are five additional qualities that having a class pet might instill in your students:

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Picture of the Week

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

These little birds are only about 6 1⁄2 inches in length and like to dart out from branches to catch flying insects or pluck them from leaves. They build very large nests (sometimes up to 6 feet long) on branches near water. The nest hangs over the water which makes it hard for predators to reach.

Ask Susi

Q: QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

Advocating for creation

~by Susi Pittman

I will never forget that day when I was told that I was one of those. I’m pretty sure I understood what the gentleman meant and I do have a response.

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Catholic Journeyman

Facing the Past

~by Louis Templeman

There is a divine design that brings those who love the Lord into a finished fine thread in God’s tapestry of love for the world.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

To Be or Not To Be—A Squirrel

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS


Love them or hate them, it’s hard not to identify with them…clever and quick learning they live life efficiently and seemingly carefree. The mind of God is indeed filled with humor!

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Weekly Commentary

YOU ARE GODS

~by Justin Bradford Smith

God created the world not out of necessity but out of generosity. Eternally blessed and perfect in himself, God had no need to create and no need of creation. Instead, in freedom he created in wisdom and in love.

Each creature God endowed with gifts proportionate to its role, but he crowned man with a gift denied to the angels, whom he made a little higher than man, and the beasts, whom he subjected to man: the ability to bring forth new life freely in love.

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Catholic Writers

Bishop Robert Barron


Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith. WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 14 million times. Next to Pope Francis, he is the most-followed Catholic leader on social media.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.” He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, and will be delivering the opening keynote talk at the World Meeting of Families (September 2015), which will mark Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.

Bishop Barron’s newest film and study program is on God and atheism, and is titled The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters. His next major film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, is scheduled to debut in Fall 2016.

Recommended Read

Exploring Catholic Theology- by Bishop Robert Barron


Barron sets forth a vision for an evangelical Catholic theology that is steeped in the tradition and engaged with the contemporary world. Striking a balance between academic rigor and accessibility, the book covers issues of perennial interest in the twenty-first-century church: who God is, how to rightly worship him, and how his followers engage contemporary culture. Topics include the doctrine of God, Catholic theology, philosophy, liturgy, and evangelizing the culture. This work will be of special interest to readers concerned about the so-called “new atheism.”

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Quote of the Week

Heaven means the place, and especially the condition of supreme beatitude. Had God created no bodies, but only pure spirits, heaven would not need to be a place; it would signify merely the state of the angels who rejoice in the possession of God. But in fact heaven is also a place. There we find the humanity of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels, and the souls of the saints. Though we cannot say with certitude where this place is to be found, or what its relation is to the whole universe, revelation does not allow us to doubt its existence.

~Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.~

Catholic Saints

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Geology & Archaeology

Could the Earth’s poles be about to swap?


The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet’s history includes at least several hundred global magnetic reversals, where north and south magnetic poles swap places. So when’s the next one happening and how will it affect life on Earth?

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Climate

China’s Flooding


Recent flooding in China has caused some people to be stranded—and led to dramatic rescues.

Historically, flooding is common in south and central China during the rainy season from June through September, but the Chinese government has stated that extreme weather events like rainstorms and typhoons are happening more often in recent years. This season’s floods have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million so far.

The China Global Television Network says search-and-rescue teams are getting better at rescuing people from floods because of better technology being developed, and the New York Times noted this as well. The Chinese government also put out a statement in May that their emergency rescue teams needed to be ready for this year’s flood season.

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Global Weather

Global Drought Information System

Drought is an insidious natural hazard with far-reaching impacts that range from economic losses to loss of agriculture and livelihood. Drought can cause or exacerbate water, food, and national security hazards. The GDIS is an international effort to pull together the best non-prescriptive drought information from local providers and provide an “apples to apples” comparison of drought conditions around the world.

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Sustainability

Biodiversity


Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, encompasses the variety of life at all levels of organization, from genetic diversity within a species to diversity within entire regions or ecosystems. Biodiversity is increasingly recognized as critical to human life, but many species are more threatened than ever by urbanization, global deforestation, climate change overexploitation of the world’s fisheries and marine ecosystems, industrial agricultural expansion and other human activities.

The diversity of life on our planet is critical for maintaining the basic planetary life support systems we rely on every day. Ecosystem services, or the resources nature provides us free of charge, like drinking water, crop pollination, nutrient cycling and climate regulation, all rely on biodiversity. For instance, the diversity of insect and avian pollinators is crucial to global agricultural productivity, ensuring plants produce harvestable crops for human use.

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Conservation

Technology playing key role in conservation of gray seals


Using a mix of technology in high places, researchers confirmed that gray seals (Halichoerusgrypus) off the coast of New England and eastern Canada have recovered over the past 45 years, and in the U.S. they’re reaching much higher numbers than previous counts — using more traditional methods — had revealed.

These eyes in the sky included a combination of drones, thermal imaging cameras and Google Earth images.

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Environment

Shark attacks on the rise worldwide…why?


Unintentional or not, shark attacks have been on the rise in California in recent years. A graph from sharkattackdata.com, a database of incidents, showed attacks had been steadily rising since around 2004. Most occurred in San Diego and Humboldt counties.

California isn’t the only place that has seen a rise in sightings. A study of great whites in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in March revealed that the number of sharks had increased in recent years. Conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the report showed 80 sharks had been counted in 2014, while 147 were located in 2016.

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God’s Green Earth

Butterfly Dance

Farm News

Drought in North Dakota devastating farms


Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to crops and searing pasture and hay land.

Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it’s the worst conditions they’ve seen in decades and possibly their lifetimes. Rancher Dawn Martin and her husband have had to sell off about one-third of their cattle herd. Farmer John Weinand isn’t expecting his crops to amount to much at all.

Nearly all of western North Dakota is in either severe or extreme drought, conditions that also extend into northern South Dakota and northeastern Montana. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates crop production in all three states this year will be down dramatically.

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Steward Alerts

Subscribe to the #1 Catholic Magazine–St, Anthony Messenger

St. Anthony Messenger magazine is America’s #1 Catholic, family-oriented magazine brought to you by the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province. Your subscription supports the mission Franciscan Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi.

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Steward Activities

Catholic Distance University


Catholic Distance University is a nonprofit institution of higher learning that offers an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Catholic Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Theology (BA degree completion), Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Theology for Catholic Educators, the Catechetical Diploma, Continuing Education, graduate, undergraduate and noncredit certificates. CDU offers Theology courses and online interactive seminars in Catholic doctrine, moral theology, sacraments, scripture, spirituality, bioethics, mariology, liturgy, catechetics, laity, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. CDU also offers Humanities courses in classical languages (Latin, Greek), history, philosophy, and English grammar and composition.

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A Song Before The Lord

Benedictinos

Gardening

How to garden INDOORS


City dwellers, or those without a good gardening spot in the yard, may find growing indoors especially useful. Plants don’t need to take up much space — a windowsill is fine if that’s all you have. For others, the indoor garden may become starter plants for an outdoor garden come spring. An indoor garden can take up as much or as little space as you are willing to give it. Growing plants of all kinds, even tomato gardening can be done on a windowsill or on a table.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Health Recommendations for Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires can cause problems for those with respiratory and cardiac disease as well as the very young and elderly. Smoke from forest and grass fires contains particles that can irritate eyes, throat and lungs. These can be bothersome to many people, but especially so to those with compromised lungs. Many people may have respiratory symptoms when breathing smoky air. The good news is that most symptoms are short-lived, and resolve as smoke dissipates

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Stargazing

The Catholic Astronomer: The Vatican Observatory Foundation Blog


The Vatican Observatory Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Vatican Observatory. The VOF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1986 in the state of Arizona to support the scientific and educational endeavors of the Vatican Observatory, including the maintenance and modernization of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT).

The Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG) operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona where sky conditions are among the best in the world and certainly the Continental United States.

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