Quebec bishops launch May 1st message - Catholic Church of Montreal

Quebec bishops launch May 1st message


A good number of businesses have successfully gone green in the past few years, thanks mostly thanks to the initiative of workers, who have convinced employers to adopt concrete actions that respect the environment.

Brian McDonough and Mary Jane Doherty are members of the Comité Virage vert at the diocesan headquarters. (Photo: IERACI)The annual May 1st message of the Social Affairs Committee of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops recognizes the colossal task taken up by these companies to "reconcile the environment and work". It cites several examples of this.

To take a green approach is to respect the plan of God for his creation, says the message. God "brought creation out of chaos into cosmos, that is, from a universe marked by disorder to one where order and beauty reign". God entrusted this earthly paradise to humans in order that they may "till it and keep it" (Gn 2:15).


The May 1st message cites several examples of businesses who resolutely opted for greener practices, such as:

The City of Montreal, which increasingly develops its public transit system in view of reducing greenhouse gas emissions: trains, co-op car services, bike rental services, etc.

Many businesses have been offering clients reusable bags.

Some workplaces have adopted the proposal of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace by creating "Bottled Water Free Zones". 

Wind farms contribute supplementary green and reusable energy to our current hydroelectric system.

Through its Green Church program, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism supports Christian communities that have adopted better environmental practices in their focus on Christian spirituality that respects creation. 


IGA grocery stores, for example, have joined the green movement. For Louise Ménard, the owner of five stores in the Montreal region, the green movement began with reusable bags and the government recycling program. Food that has gone bad is placed in containers for composting.

Her staff uses ecological cleaning products, despite the higher costs. "It's a moral obligation," she said. "Moreover, there are more and more ecological products that are being stocked on the store shelves. They will eventually cost less as more people purchase them." 


The employees of the Archdiocese of Montreal has been going green over several years. Recently, the diocesan head offices became the first in Canada to join the Green Church Program. 

Employees created a green committee and instituted several new environmental projects, adding batteries, ink cartridges and computer equipment to its list of recyclables. The maintenance staff has also moved to biogradeable cleaning products.

Styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles are slowly being phased out; water pitchers have been purchased to encourage employees to stop opting for plastic water bottles. 


Rolande Parrot

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