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"We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!”
These words of Pope Francis serve as both a reminder and a warning: a reminder that the earth is a gift that has been passed down to us; and a warning that if we continue to increase our environmental footprint, our children and our children’s children will suffer the consequences.
At SSM Health we have long been committed to caring for the environment and using our natural resources responsibly. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is rooted in our Franciscan heritage as a system founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, who have called us to join them in the compassionate care of creation. SSM Health has embodied this commitment through the decades-long work of our Preservation of the Earth teams as well as through various other efforts that have produced outstanding results across our four-state system:
While it would be easy to rest on our laurels, we know that the work must continue if we are to heed the words of Pope Francis. As such, we renewed and expanded our commitment to environmental stewardship at SSM Health in 2016 through a multi-faceted approach that included:
SSM Health president and CEO, William P. Thompson, said it best when asked why we would adopt these new environmental stewardship measures: “As a Mission-based Catholic organization, SSM Health has always been deeply aware of the importance of caring for our natural resources. Our renewed commitment to the environment keeps us consistent in word and deed with the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, our founding congregation, and with the climate change encyclical released by Pope Francis in June 2015.”
More than just a mandate, we see our effort toward securing the long-term sustainability of the earth at SSM Health as a moral obligation we have to our communities and all future generations.
We encourage everyone to learn what they can do and make a similar commitment to enhancing the earth’s sustainability. Even the smallest steps can make an impact. Get more information on how to help reduce your carbon footprint.
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