One of the most disheartening aspects of climate change is the feeling that what you do won’t make a difference to this monumental problem. Bringing a tote bag to the grocery store, walking to the store, or being part of the “clean plate club” (not wasting any food) can feel like it doesn’t amount to much.
Pope Francis counters this mindset in his encyclical Laudato Si’, writing “There is nobility in the duty to care for creation through daily little actions… We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world. They benefit society, often unbeknownst to us, for they call forth a goodness which, albeit unseen, tends to spread. Furthermore, such actions can restore our self-esteem; they can enable us to live more fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile.” (paragraphs 211-212)
I appreciate this attitude of hope and the idea that these little actions spread goodness, both in us and society. Let us not be discouraged to take these little daily actions!