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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.
Hikers save dog swept away in Colorado creek
Two hikers came to the rescue of a black Labrador Retriever who got stuck under a log jam in Saint Vrain Creek in Colorado on Monday. Stanley was apparently cooling off in the stream when he was swept away by the current and his worried owner, Jason, couldn’t find him despite a desperate search.
In the News
Why classroom pets are so important to our kids
A class hamster, guinea pig, lizard, or even goldfish can be fun and exciting for schoolchildren, but it also has real educational, leadership and character-building value, according to a new study from American Humane Association in collaboration with the Pet Care Trust.
Phase I of the two-phase “Pets in the Classroom” study features surveys and interviews of nearly 1,200 teachers and reveals that having a class pet can teach children important values like compassion, empathy, respect, and responsibility for other living things, as well as give them much-needed leadership skills and stress relief. Certain challenges still remain, according to the study’s findings, like teaching children to cope with pet loss, the cost of ownership for teachers, and responsibility for the animal when school is not in session.
Therapy Dogs Travel To Dallas To Comfort Community
These last few weeks have been tragic, to say the least. And now the entire city of Dallas has been grieving after last Thursday’s attack. Five Dallas Police officers were killed and seven others were injured after an ambush during a protest against the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
Luckily, the victims in Dallas have support. They have the entire country’s support. And now they have some dogs to pet and lean on too. A team of therapy dogs has gone to Dallas to help those in need after the tragic attack. Six Golden Retrievers – Luther, Ruthie, Katie, Rufus, Pax and Phoebe – have come prepared with their handlers and “Please pet me” vests.
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.
Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?
A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.
Susi’s Weekly Column
Pro-life & Pro-animal
~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.
~by Louis Templeman
As the tremors of Parkinson’s begin to move into more limbs of Louis’ body, he is given a personal spiritual parable which leads to the Light in a dark moment.
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!
TECH(nical) Difficulties—by Liz Beller, National Catholic Register
It is easy to let the Technology Age envelop us. A sweeping glance at day-to-day life will exhibit screens every direction you turn. TV, Internet, smartphones, iPods … the list is endless.
Are the advances in technology truly amazing? The number of lives that are rescued due to medical information available at a swipe and the amount of time that is saved by looking at a GPS instead of circling neighborhoods for hours reveal feats unmatched by any previous accomplishments of mankind. However, as Pope Francis has remarked numerous times, with this great power of technology comes a grave obligation to uphold traditional values that have fallen by the wayside in today’s culture.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Bishop Father 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.
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.”
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.~
Discovering Catholic Saints
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Geology & Archaeology
3.7 Florida Earthquake was a Naval Bomb
Asked about the reported earthquake on Monday, a public information officer for the Navy’s Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC said the agency was working on a statement it expects to release this week.
Study says climate change endangering Hawaii’s native birds
The birds of Hawaii have their own horror movie, and it’s called The Mosquitoes. Instead of Alfred Hitchcock as the one behind this force of terror, it’s climate change (but that’s the reason for most of our problems today). Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison released a study in Global Change Biology on how “global climate change will affect future malaria risk to native Hawaiian bird populations in the coming century.”
Global Drought Information System
At the end of June 2016, NOAA estimates a 75% chance of a La Nina during Fall/Winter of 2016-17. While the impact of El Nino wanes, the June 2016 global temperature is still expected to be well above normal. In Europe, drought conditions remain in the higher latitudes this month and have receded slightly in Central Europe. In Asia, drought remains in the Southeast as well as central Asia. In India, drought has intensified slightly but did not expand this month with the onset of the monsoon rains. In Vietnam, agricultural losses due to the prolonged drought in the Mekong Delta have topped $215 Million. In Africa, short-term drought remains entrenched in the South as well as around the equator and has strengthened in on the southeast fringes of the Sahara. Conditions in South America have improved somewhat with major dam levels rising about 5% on average. In North America, drought remains entrenched in the higher latitudes, especially across western Canada and has expanded and intensified in the Northeast part of the continent.
Council of Sustainable Activisim
An activist life can be an immensely rewarding one filled with purpose and community. Through their hard work and commitment, there is no doubt that animal activists are improving the lives of animals around the globe. However, activism can be challenging intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Constantly defending the vulnerable and oppressed against the forces of thousands of years of culture and commerce, is not just hard work; it can put animal activists at odds with their families, communities, and society.
God’s Green Earth
BIRDS IN FLIGHT
At risk kids On the Farm
Throughout this summer, kids from Boston neighborhoods will spend their free days on a farm out on Boston Harbor’s Long Island. Even on days like last Tuesday, when the temperature was climbing toward 90 degrees by 1 p.m., there were still 12 kids—all between 11 and 14 years old—excitedly huddled over the hot soil, pushing dirt over the roots of their freshly-planted pepper plants. The kids attend Camp Harbor View, a day camp on the island for children from at-risk neighborhoods, started by the late Boston Mayor Tom Menino and businessman Jack Connors in 2007.
Subscribe to the #1 Catholic Magazine–St, Anthony Messenger
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The Catholic Foodie—Where Food Meets Faith!
Want some of the BEST recipes you will ever know? The Catholic Foodie, Jeff Young makes it happen. Check out these winning dishes from his Best Recipes 2014.
A Song Before The Lord
The Pleiades & Orion by John Michael Talbot
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.
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.
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
Vatican skeptical about encounters of the third kind
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis’s telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is skeptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock. On a leafy hilltop near the papal summer home of Castel Gandolfo sits the Vatican’s Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, where planetary scientists mix the study of meteorites and the Big Bang theory with theology.
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