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Church body advises against use of plastics, toxic materials

31 Oct 2017 07:11am IST
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31 Oct 2017 07:11am IST

Asks faithful not to decorate graves with non-biodegradable material; Also suggests that toxic materials should not be used during celebrations

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PANJIM: Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has advised parish priests, chaplains and the faithful to avoid the use of plastic and other toxic items to decorate graves so as to beat pollution and to safeguard the environment.

CJSP, in a letter to all parish priests and chaplains in the State, said plastics, thermocol, foam and silver foil should be shunned, especially on the occasion of All Souls Day (November 2), a day when Catholics visit their ancestors’ graves.

“We are on the eve of the season of several celebrations in our parishes. Immediately, we will have All Souls Day where we will decorate the graves where bundles of plastics, thermocol, foam and silver foil will be used. All of which is non-degradable and toxic. Hence let us strongly urge our parishioners to avoid the use of the toxic material to decorate the graves,” the letter states.

The letter further says, “There are also other occasions where unnecessary use of toxic materials are utilised like during the visitation of the statue of Our Lady to the families, refreshments served at the months mind or anniversaries, at our meetings and seminars, etc. We can really make a significant difference if we seriously avoid the use of toxic materials for our celebrations.”

It added, “The Church is known as a pioneer in the field of education and health and it is time for us to collectively also lead the country in reducing waste through our lifestyle changes, that is, for the sustenance of the earth.”

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