Contributor’s Name
Sr Valsa Joseph FMM
Congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
Via Anagnina 26, 0046 Grottaferrata, Italia;;
Date received
Spanish, English, French
Country of Experience
Executive Summary
Continuous development and delivery of ecology projects which work to defend the life of the earth by conscientizing, advocating, networking and collaborating on Justice, Peace and Ecology issues.
A focus on simple daily action and lifestyle change.
See policy document and tailored statements from a range of international projects (document in word attached).

Complete document submitted by FMM community

Local action
The sisters built a herbal garden in an area devasted by an earthquake, where they are now cultivating herbal teas with curative effects. They sell herbal bath packs, essential oils which is used in many countries of East Asia.

The sisters support unemployed women by providing a kitchen where they can transform natural products into jams, sweets, preserves using seasoning from their own production. They also make soap from leftover fat, and run an organic community garden. Through their productivity, they grow in awareness, dignity and self-esteem.

The sisters run a forest project for which they ask people to donate trees. They are planting the seedling in harmony with nature, knowing what grows best where. They also have 36 gardens where volunteers can come and plant.

The sisters organised an eco-evening and eco walk to which 60 people came in order to discover plants and homemade herbal drinks and to buy items that the sisters made from recycled material. The sisters also prepared an ecofriendly meal and showed people how to save water when washing up.

Sri Lanka
The sisters run an organic farm for interreligious groups, where for example migrants can come to discover common values and learn respect for each other. They also collect coconuts to give to the poor.

The sisters have produced audio-visual materials for education and entertainment. and booklets on herbal medicines and their use. They organise prayer services and write a newsletter.

The sisters celebrate local ecology-related feasts and share videos about the environment in their communities. They collaborate with the government (in Chennai) on environmental issues.

Celebration of eco-weeks or eco-months
Avoiding imported goods
Encouragement to use public transport
Buy Fairtrade products
Remind each other to Re-use (paper, water), Reduce (comsumption esp. of meat) and Recycle
Using cloth bags for shopping
Collaborate at all levels
Sharing materials
Collecting newsclips and circulate them to update sisters
Signing petitions (especially the JPIC/Mission office)
Participating in prayer vigils
Organic farming, use of bio-gas
Plant home gardens and encourage others to do the same
Garbage separation
Using alternative medicine (India, China) and collaboration with the government on this, teaching others about it so that they can be prescribed through hospitals
Harvesting rainwater, watershed projects
Candelight vigil for special days (e.g. before Copenhagen)
Making a pledge that "we will protect"
Joining other congregations (e.g. in Korea)
Reforestation, e.g. defense of the Amazon
Issuing a special school calendar with environmental topics
Eco-clubs in schools
"Say no to plastic"
Conscientization through songs, poems, annual days
College magazine
Celebration of plants and trees
One schools has managed to re-use all its waste paper by producing folders for students from it
"enough for your needs, enough for our needs"