Global Catholic Climate Movement announces the launching of its new campaign, The Values Project, to help Catholic organizations shrink their carbon footprints.

GCCM encourages all Catholic institutions to join this effort. The goal is to slow and reverse the effects of climate change, fostering a healthier environment. Institutions can reduce their energy output to reduce their carbon footprint in many ways. That means living in such a way as to require less carbon-based energy, such as fossil fuels.

Building managers can better insulate and seal buildings by reducing air leaks with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping. They can also make energy efficiency a top consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher or refrigerator.

People should turn off lights they are not using and when they leave a room. They can replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. Don’t set the thermostat too high or low. A programmable code can be installed to turn off the heat/air conditioning when the building is not being used.

Solar panels could be added to the roofs of buildings. This can be costly, but providers offer financing options that minimize upfront costs.

Catholic institutions may easily join our effort by registering on our website. The Global Catholic Climate Movement works within the Catholic Church to better care for our common home, the planet earth. Its founding document is Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology, Laudato Si.

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