The Laudato Si' Movement Common Care for Our Common Home
The Laudato Si' MovementCommon Care for Our Common Home 

Simplify your Life 

Goal: Adopt a Simple Lifestyle (sobriety in the use of resources and energy, avoid single-use plastic, adopt a more plant-based diet and reduce meat consumption, greater use of public transport and avoid polluting modes of transportation, etc.)

LS 205. "Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom. No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful, or our God-given ability to respond to his grace at work deep in our hearts. I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us."

Read Towards a New Lifestyle (Laudato Si 203-208)

TOWARDS A NEW LIFESTYLE -Laudato Si
206. A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. They prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to consider their environmental footprint and their patterns of production. When social pressure affects their earnings, businesses clearly have to find ways to produce differently. This shows us the great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers. “Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act”.[146] Today, in a word, “the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyle”.[147]
TOWARDS A NEW LIFESTYLE-Laudato Si.pdf
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Film: Life is Good sustainable living -Science & Nature Documentaries HD

Guides for Simplify your Life (Selection)

Kustenmacher, Tiki: How to Simplify Your Life: Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life

Werner Tiki Küstenmacher is a German pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria in an honorary capacity and has been a freelance author and cartoonist since 1993. The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life offers concrete advice on achieving happiness in a time of economic contraction and uncertainty. The book explains, in seven steps, how to get rid of unnecessary stuff and unload the burdens of modern life--and points the way back to what we know is important but have forgotten. By following the path outlined in the book, readers will learn to organize their time (and their desks), change the way they think about money, improve their health and relationships, and find meaning in their lives.

 

The book shows readers how to:

 

  • Eliminate chaos in the workplace
  • Cut back on activities and slow down
  • Get rid of money hang-ups and get out of debt
  • Balance private life with career life
  • Make room for relationships

Film A Productive Day at Home

Madeleine Olivia. Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably (Englisch) – 9. January 2020 

We are facing an urgent climate crisis and we must all take action now. However, it can be difficult to know where to start when bombarded with overwhelming facts and statistics every day. We all want to make a difference, but what can we do?

 

Minimal makes simple and sustainable living attainable for everyone, using practical tips for all areas of everyday life to reduce your impact on the earth. Leading environmentalist Madeleine Olivia shares her insights on how to care for yourself in a more eco-friendly way, as well as how to introduce a mindful approach to your habits. This includes how to declutter your life, reduce your waste and consumption, recipes for eating seasonally and making your own natural beauty and cleaning products.

 

Learn how to minimise the areas that aren’t giving you anything back and discover a happier and more fulfilled life, while looking after the Earth we share.

Elaine St. James. Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter

The more complex life becomes, the more people crave simplicity. Whether it's in your work, relationships, health, finances, or leisure time, North America's simplicity expert Elaine St. James can help you learn to unwind and improve the quality of your life. If you're feeling over-powered, overextended, and overwhelmed, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE is the antidote, providing one hundred proven, practical steps for creating a simple and satisfying way of life.

Film: Life Is Good : Sustainable Living (National Geographic Documentary)

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