Our faith calls us to be good stewards of the earth and all its creatures.
In 2007, the USCCB came out with the following,
"We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of God’s creation. Care for the earth is a duty of our faith and a sign of our concern for all people. We should strive to live simply to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We have a moral obligation to protect the planet on which we live—to respect God’s creation and to ensure a safe and hospitable environment for human beings, especially children at their most vulnerable stages of development. As stewards called by God to share the responsibility for the future of the earth, we should work for a world in which people respect and protect all of creation and seek to live simply in harmony with it for the sake of future generations." You can read the complete version HERE.
There are even more references to catechises and scripture references that speak of our duties on this earth, HERE.
I wanted to "defend" recycling particularly through recyclebank. It costs $3.75 per month to be able to recycle. On top of that very small cost, we are able to redeem points for coupons and gift certificates. It's a wonderful incentive, but I would pay the $3.75 even without that incentive. It would cost more to have extra trash carts. It's amazing how much we can recycle, some weeks there is more in our recycle cart than in our trash cart! I think that is AWESOME!! I don't think it could be made any easier..everything just goes into 1 cart..no sorting. It would be nice if the trash companies would include this cost free, but really it's a small price to pay to be a good steward of the earth. There are extremists that have given the "green life" a bad wrap, but virtue lies in the middle, and we are all called to care for God's creation. There are other ways to recycle, I have a friend who brings her recycling to our house, I have a friend who takes her's to her parents house, some people take their recycling to different organizations, and there are many other ways to practice good stewardship. One great way, that I have COMPLETELY neglected is to use cloth diapers, but we have decided that if we are blessed with more children, this is what we will do. Feel free to share your "greenness", in what ways do you bless the earth?