At St. Mary’s College, Joining Pope Francis in Combatting the Culture of Waste

Pope Francis, speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, June 3, made reference to the United Nations World Environment Day and denounced the excesses of food wastage.  “This culture of waste,” the Pope said, “…has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.“Once our grandparents were very careful not to th … [Read more...]

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SMASHING TURTLES: Clemson Student Uncovers a Dark Side of Human Nature

Why did the turtle cross the road?Changing habitat, mating instinct, egg laying….  There are plenty of reasons why a healthy young box turtle would set out for adventure on the other side of a busy roadway.Problem is, the population of South Carolina’s box turtles has declined—in part because of the reptile’s propensity for strolling out into traffic.When Clemson University student Nathan Weaver, a 22-year-old senior in the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences, st … [Read more...]

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St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals and the Environment

"Not to hurt the creatures, brethren, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it." --Saint Francis of AssisiOn October 4, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.A Franciscan monk who lived in the thirteenth century, Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Italy; but following a dramatic vision, he forsook his high-spirited wealthy lifestyle and embraced … [Read more...]

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