Irish Jesuit Province Ecological Lenten Commitment
Mindful Consumption and Caring for our Common Home
As part of the ongoing commitment by all members of the Irish Jesuit Province, this Lent we are encouraging mindful consumption of food. Food production and food waste are major contributors to climate change and by adopting a more considered approach we can help the planet, and also people who do not have enough food.
Why We Should Care About Food Production and Food Waste
Land use change and the intensification of agriculture for the production of food makes the the biodiversity and climate crisis worse. It contributes between 21% and 37% to global greenhouse gases.
Eating red meat also contributes to climate change because ruminant animals (sheep and cattle) produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as they digest food.
Approximately 17% of global food production goes to waste. Food sent to landfill produces methane. Irish households waste around €700 worth of food each year.
The unequal distribution of food in our world means that while food goes to waste, people in Ireland and across the world go hungry.
Becoming conscious consumers of food enables us to continue on our journey of ecological conversion as part of the fourth Universal Apostolic Preference – Caring for our Common Home – which forms part of the Irish Province Strategic Plan.
What You Can Do To Help
Talk to others in your community to try and commit to in some way reduce the ecological impact of food consumption, either by reducing food waste or reducing consumption of red meat.
Discuss potential ways to reduce meat and food waste with whoever is responsible in your home for food shopping and cooking.
The Environmental Protection Agency has a ‘Stop Food Waste’ campaign which has lots of information and tips to help you cut down your food waste.
Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent. May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about this campaign. We would love to see what you are doing this Lent to be mindful about food production and food waste so please share your photos with us on Twitter using the hashtag #jcfjlent2022