8 New Year’s Resolutions for Global Justice

  1. Sign up for CRS Newswire Updates.  Then actually read them.  Or at least do some skimming.

  2. Use AmazonSmile for all of your online purchases this year: textbooks, gifts (for others or yourself!), dorm/apartment furnishings, and all of the other life essentials.  Don’t forget to choose CRS as your charity.

  3. Follow 3 new people or organizations on Twitter that will keep you up-to-date on global justice issues.  Some of our favorites:

@CRSUniversity (of course!), @CatholicRelief (CRS), @iamCaritas (Caritas Internationalis), @togoforth (USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development), @USAID (US Agency for International Development), @GlobalDevLab (USAID’s Global Development Lab), @CatholicClimate (Catholic Climate Covenant), @WFP (UN World Food Programme), @LuthWorldRelief (Lutheran World Relief)

      4. Commit to drinking only Fair Trade Coffee.  Use CRS Fair Trade’s easy list and map to see what suppliers are in your region.

      5. Join CRS University’s Facebook Group for CRS Student Ambassadors and connect with other justice-minded students around the country!  Commit to posting once a month—either with an idea/success story from your campus or in response to someone else’s post.

      6. Commit to taking one advocacy action each month.  This can be a combination of email, action alerts, phone calls, hand-written letters, and in person meetings.  If some months are harder than others, you can do advocacy right on campus by talking to campus leaders and school officials about policies that affect you as students or that you want them to get involved in around the world.

      7. Reflect on where your food comes from.  Learn about global hunger and agriculture then make one concrete food-related commitment that will make a difference.  Some ideas, starting with the easiest:

                      -Eat Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream,  Meatless Mondays, Spend more time in the kitchen cooking and enjoying food with friends rather than eating out, Use Fair Trade recipes and ingredients, Join a CSA

     8. Be joyful.  Ever feel worn out thinking about how much work still remains to be done, on campus and around the world?  Commit to a year of JOY in 2015.  Listen to Pope Francis, who says:

                   -“(Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.”

                   -“And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.”