Justice Day 2017 – Concern for the Environment
The Mount community annually participates in a day that brings awareness to social justice issues.
Mount students observed Justice Day 2017: Concern for the Environment. We shared in a liturgy, attended presentations to become aware of our impact on the environment, made nearly 700 sandwiches for St. John’s in Newark, and also ate a simple lunch consisting of soup, bread, and water making us aware of how many others in our world are less fortunate.
The Mount joined in solidarity with the suffering and gave up one of our privileged conveniences for the day, our lunches. Instead of bringing a bagged meal or paying for a lunch from the school, every student made sandwiches to donate to a soup kitchen and ate a lunch of soup and bread. Through this, we hoped to inspire a sense of identification with the poor and hungry and to instill an understanding of what daily life is like.
Mass was celebrated and then break-out sessions were attended. Students in the Justice Club researched, prepared and presented environmental information.
Everyone in the Justice Club was excited to share what was learned through their planning process that included information, activities, speakers, and projects. This event is the beginning of the long road that fights for peace and justice in our world, and together, we at Mount St. Dominic Academy can be a huge part of it.
The Break-Out Sessions
A Day in the Life…
In “A Day in the Life” session, you will learn about how much water, plastic, and energy you waste in a day and how this contributes to leaving a harmful impact on the earth over time. You will also learn about ways you can stop wasting so much in order to help lessen the negative impacts waste has on the earth.
In this breakout session, the effects of climate change will be presented. We will learn what it is, why we should care, why it occurs, and how it affects the earth, and what we can do to help.
In Deforestation, we will explain the many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Many land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.
In the factory farming session, we will discuss the huge, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food. Over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of animal welfare.
Plastics in the Oceans
We will discuss how plastic pollution is a global issue that impacts our ocean, our health, and our well-being. Many species of marine life are known to suffer directly from plastic pollution. We are hoping to become ‘plastic literate’ so we can shape future demand for environmentally sensitive products and solutions.