“Sowing Hope for the Planet”

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“Sowing Hope for the Planet” (Title used by the International Union of Major Superiors – UISG)

 The increase in the number of natural disasters and the reports of many scientists calling for significant change make us aware of the urgent need to act in order to save the planet.

Closer to home, many Quebec personalities, including several artists, have taken an ecological “pact for transition” initiative and have invited citizens to get involved.

This Pact for Transition project has two objectives:

  • to encourage us to reduce our environmental footprint by means of small daily actions.
  • to lobby the government to take concrete action against climate change.

 It is one minute before midnight for the planet

At the beginning of the year, Radio-Canada contributed to the debate and reflection by offering a program reminding us of the need to act quickly because it is one minute before midnight for the planet.(Video in French)

Right from the outset, a pointed question was asked of everyone: “What behavior(s) are you willing to change for the planet?” This is a serious question that speaks to our responsibility as citizens of the earth.

A concrete commitment for SNJM’s

The members of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Quebec did not wait for these calls before taking action. They invited individual sisters, community groups and SNJM associates to choose a concrete everyday commitment in line with the 5 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, reinvent, and repair.

This call for commitment has been part of the SNJM journey for a long time. It should be remembered that in 2008 SNJM’s adopted a corporate stand in favor of access to quality water and sanitation facilities for all. Among the other favored means, they support environmental organizations like Eau Secours and participate in environmental awareness and action events.


As a follow-up to the invitation from the Provincial Leadership Team, several groups have taken action. The “Sowing Hope for the Planet” project presents initiatives by two schools associated with the SNJM community. Discover the initiatives of the Uni-Vert Committee of Pensionnat Saint-Nom-de-Marie (PSNM) and the actions of the 100% Green Committee of Collège Durocher-Saint-Lambert.


*Title used by the International Union of Major Superiors, UISG

“pact for transition” initiative     https://www.lepacte.ca/

 is one minute before midnight for the planet.(Video in French)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJlfzEyy1nQ

 Uni-Vert Committee of Pensionnat Saint-Nom-de-Marie (PSNM)    refer to document in same folder:  Concrete Initiatives at PSNM to Improve the Plight of the Planet

 the 100% Green Committee of Collège Durocher-Saint-Lambert.    https://snjm.qc.ca/cms/article-2-1867-two-green-projects-at-college-durocher-saint-lambert.html    refer to document in same folder:  Two Green Projects at Collège Durocher-Saint-Lambert