Twenty-three congregations of Catholic sisters, congregations of LCWR Region 8, will observe Catholic Sisters Week 2022, March 8-14, with a challenge: do not consume beverages from single-use plastic bottles. The sisters of those 23 congregations invite you to join them in taking up that challenge.

“We are taking advantage of the annual observance of Catholic Sisters Week to educate, inform, and act to end plastic waste through a Refuse to Use campaign,” said Sister Marcelline Koch, the justice promoter for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

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According to National Geographic, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into the oceans every year, nearly half the plastic ever made has been manufactured since 2020, and at the same time, less than one fifth of all plastic is recycled globally. The impact of plastic in the ocean and in the waste stream is devastating for all life. Its manufacture contributes annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 57 average size coal-fired power plants.

“It’s time to rethink what we drink,” said Springfield Dominican Sister Mila Díaz Solano, who convened the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Region 8 to plan for this event.