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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming: Paul Hawken; Viking Penguin; 2007; 305 pgs.

With the arrival of the 21st century have come global, systemic problems never seen before. But they are being met by a worldwide movement of passionate, dedicated people who are creatively healing the wounds of the planet and its people.   Blessed Unrest tells the story of what is going right in the world. From neighborhood groups to international organizations; across many ethnic and religious boundaries; collaborating in larger networks to achieve their goals; a worldwide movement is afoot that may someday be seen as the “single most profound transformation of human society.”  There are now over one million organizations committed to making the changes necessary for the world’s survival. According to Bill McKibben, “Nothing you read for years to come will fill you with more hope and more determination.”

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Clothes Recycling

Most of us have more clothes than we need, and many that we seldom or never wear. Recycling our unwanted clothing is an important part of being eco-friendly. According to the Sierra Club, the average American throws away 68 pounds of textiles each year and 80 percent of items Americans own get used less than once a month. A single cotton T-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce, from seed to final product.  So it’s important to recycle clothing and other items rather than throw them in the trash. When we donate clothing, etc., to St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill, we are also making it possible for people to purchase our used items at significantly discounted prices. This benefits those with limited incomes as well as the environmentalists who prefer buying used items rather than new.  Goodwill does all that they can to make donated items sellable. But even items that are not in good shape are sold to salvage companies, for rags, etc. So your donations to Goodwill will most likely be kept out of the landfill regardless of their condition

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Wholly Healthy: This booklet of the “live simply” series from Franciscan Media offers tips to help you live a simpler life, and to balance your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Cost is $1.99.  Order from Franciscan Media at http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=B36494 .
Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: In this booklet, the author, Albert Haase, OFM, reflects on each phrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, offering the reader ideas of what it means to truly be a peacemaker. He challenges us to look beyond ourselves and toward God and all of humanity. Published by Franciscan Media. Cost is $8.99. You can order it at http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=B16572 .

Catholic
The Holy See
National Catholic Conference of Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Franciscan Media
Zenit: Catholic News from Rome
Order of Friars Minor (OFM) International Web Site
Consistent Life (formerly Seamless Garment Network)
Environmental
Earth Ministry
Secular Franciscan Order’s Ecology Commission
USCCB Environmental Justice Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Web of Creation
St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Franciscan
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University
Franciscans International at the United Nations (Geneva and New York)
Justice
Bread for the World
Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
National Right to Life Committee
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Peace
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Global Peace Services USA
The Institute for Peace and Justice
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pax Christi USA
1,000 Years of Peace, sponsored by St. Anthony Messenger Press
Teaching Tolerance
Los Alamos Study Group