STM 2019 Lenten Project

posted Mar 15, 2019, 3:47 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 3:48 PM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The season of Lent is upon us. Lent is a time of reflection. It is an opportunity to grow in  our relationship with God in a deeply personal way. It is tradition at St. Thomas More to commit to a Lenten Project as a school community each year during Lent. This year staff and students will be exploring the serious global concern of “Plastics in our Oceans.”

Did you know….

At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. That’s similar to emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.

Plastic waste kills up to a million seabirds a year. As with sea turtles, when seabirds ingest plastic, it takes up room in their stomachs, sometimes causing starvation. ...Plastic in our oceans affects creatures large and small.

Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning. 

Research indicates that half of sea turtles worldwide have ingested plastic. Some starve after doing so, mistakenly believing they have eaten enough because their stomachs are full. On many beaches, plastic pollution is so pervasive that it’s affecting turtles’ reproduction rates by altering the temperatures of the sand where incubation occurs.

60-90% of marine litter is plastic-based.

More than 50% of sea turtles have consumed plastic.

The amount of plastic in the world’s oceans could increase by a factor of 10 in the next decade.

Cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing gear, and food and beverage containers are the most common forms of plastic pollution found in the oceans.

The theme of our STM Lenten campaign is WE CARE:


STM will be selling reusable straws and ECO produce bags via School Cash Online after the March break. Stay tuned for more details...

Through our theme of WE CARE, we are hoping the STM community will take action to change our daily living habits, specifically, to move away from the consumption of single-use plastics. Although recycling is great, it is not enough. We need to purchase less plastics (Refuse first, and re-use if you can’t refuse). We are called to think about our daily use of single-use plastics. Please consider reducing or refusing the use of plastic straws and plastic produce bags, they do serious harm to our oceans and sea life.

Please join us in our efforts to:

Carry eco-produce bags

Always be aware of your waste print

Refuse plastic bags

Eliminate plastic straws

Together we can change the world!

Special thanks to our STM Social Justice and ECO-Clubs for their leadership, creativity and passion with our Lenten Campaign.

With gratitude,

The Lenten Project 2019 Committee