Green Habits

“Act as if your house is on fire because it is!”  

These words of the young environmental activist Greta Thunberg is a rallying call for all of us to DO SOMETHING to radically reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet at a threatening rate and compromising the sustainability of Earth and the lives of all of us who call this beautiful planet, “home.”  There’s no denying it.  

Climate change and global warming are real.

Did You Know: The production and use of plastics, filled with petrochemicals, doubled in the last 20 years?  Since plastic is made from petroleum-based chemicals plastics contaminate the atmosphere,  poison the soil, and are increasingly contaminating oceans, rivers, and wildlife.  While we might only use a plastic bag for less than an hour, they last more than 500 years in our waterways and landfills.

What you can do:  Join the AMSSND Green Habits Campaign!  Every month we will publish a “Green Habit” that you can take on that will contribute to the global effort to help curb the rise in global temperatures and catastrophic climate events.  Act as if our house is on fire because it is!

Skip the Straw - Green Habit

Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are thrown away every year and PLASTICS are a significant contributor to the growing climate crisis? During the summer months, we often have opportunities to attend summer picnics.  When planning a picnic ( or attending one), what can you do to minimize the use of plastics?  How about Skipping the Straw? Find more and out where to purchase #PlasticFree items! 


Carrying a cloth bag to the grocery store, instead of accepting a plastic bag from a cashier is a GREEN HABIT that School Sisters of Notre Dame want to encourage everyone to adopt. Take a picture of yourself with a cloth bag and post it on FB with the #ChangetheBag Hashtag!! or send it to us at we will post it here!  ......... Remember plastic bags are significant contributors to global warming and climate change.  They are produced from carbon-based petroleum and emit greenhouses gases when they are exposed to sunlight or begin to degrade, they can take as long 1,000 years to break down; they are composed of very resistant fibers that break into smaller and smaller pieces but do not completely degrade in natural environments, they are contaminating the world’s oceans and the human food chain. According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of toxic plastic enters the Earth’s oceans every year. Marine animals eat the plastic and then it enters the human food chain. Please "read more" for our links on GREEN Habits and the UN's actions on Climate.