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Carbon Footprint

We, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters,

commit ourselves to a more faithful living of the Gospel….

We commit ourselves to radical conversion as we embrace Global Fraternity.

15th General Chapter



Carbon Footprint is the measure of how much CO2 we emit into the atmosphere by the actions of our lifestyle.


The 2009-2010 LCWR Assembly Resolution


Resolution: Faithful to our calling to foster the interconnectedness of all creation and building on the strength of past resolutions and actions, we, the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, resolve to take measurable steps to reduce our carbon footprint.

How do we, as members, reduce our carbon footprint?

Can we count the ways?

  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle
  4. Respect
  5. Restore
  6. Rethink
  7. Remember
  8. Re-evaluate
  9. Revision
  10. Resolve


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Suggestions for Healthy Living and Diminishing Our Carbon Footprint


Buy locally produced foods – Buying locally or regionally grown produce sold at farmers markets and farm stands, and farmer-friendly supermarket chains helps support area farmers.


There are definitely nutritional benefits to buying local produce. Produce that is shipped long-distance is usually picked before it ripens, and treated, possibly with fungicides, so that it can travel and be stored. But farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are usually picked at their peak, making for ripe, ready-to-eat produce.


Choosing locally grown produce can often help ease the burden on our environment. On average, domestically grown produce sold in conventional supermarkets has traveled some 1,500 miles from farm to table. Even organic produce can use up fossil fuels and contribute to pollution during a lengthy transport.


Things get more complicated when considering the international produce market. Fruits and vegetables that were once strictly seasonal are now available year-round, thanks to vast shipping networks.  Out-of-season produce can be expensive, because transport uses so much energy. It’s also more likely to have been imported from a country with looser pesticide regulations.  Emphasize quality over quantity, and do all you can to become aware of the larger implications of every food purchase you make. 


Adapted: National Geographic’s Illustrated Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely. 16-17




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