Describe how you will remind yourself daily of your practice and explain why you chose it.

Week 7 Journal Entry Changing Your Behavior for a Healthier Planet. Toward the end of the encyclical, Pope Francis seriously addresses all of us: “….the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism or pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion,’ whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” A conversion is a turning around, a radical change in the direction of one’s life. Pope Francis calls for each of us to be “converted” to conscious actions that will benefit the natural world. This journal entry asks you to reflect on two things and make one decision. Reflect on Pope Francis’ observation that everything is connected. Give as many examples as you can of connections within the natural world and between that and the lives of humanity. Reflect on your personal need for ecological conversion. Relate this call to ideas in “Seven Myths about Alternative Energy.” And to the “45 Ways” reading. How could/should you change your behavior? One decision: Choose one practice that will reduce your own carbon footprint and save energy. It may be consciously using as little plastic as possible. It may be saving as much water as possible, while handwashing, etc. Describe how you will remind yourself daily of your practice and explain why you chose it.