I am appalled and outraged at the image of the dead whale on the beach with all the plastic in its mouth. It sends a shiver down my back. It challenges all of us to think of ways we can reduce plastic waste. As followers of Christ we have duty to lead the way in caring for God’s beautiful creation—OUR COMMON HOME. This week can you encourage your family to make small changes in the home, to reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, which reduces so much waste from landfills. We are all stewards of creation and need to take action now against all that threatens our natural environment. We start where we are and do what we can, we begin with small actions and encourage others to do the same. Today our parish Laudato Si Action Group launch their campaign. Our thanks to them for their good work—now we must support them.