This report presents analysis of the Care for Creation Committee’s Lenten campaign, "Give Up Waste for Lent." The report is based on the results of a survey conducted among parishioners who either had previously indicated that they participated in the campaign or had previously indicated an interest in the work of the Care for Creation Committee.
The restrictions associated with Covid-19 made it difficult to assess the impact of the campaign. As a result, two follow-up activities were initiated. The first was an online survey regarding the campaign. An email was sent to 48 households in the parish. The names came from three sources: 1) individuals who had received a free copy of Laudato Si and left behind a legible email(16); 2) individuals who had previously expressed an interest in the work of the C4C Committee and left us their email addresses (22); 3) individuals who had been involved in C4C activities in the past year (10). An email was sent to these individuals, informing them about the survey, why they were selected to participate, and also asking if they would be wiling to participate in a Zoom meeting about the campaign and possible future parish initiatives during Laudato Si Week (May 16-24, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the publication of this important encyclical). Two followup reminders were sent out to non-respondents, one-week and two-weeks after the initial mailing. 27 of the 48 participated in the survey (17 came in on the first invitation, another 6 after the first reminder, and the final 4 after the second reminder). Of these, 7 indicated in question number 1 that they had not been able to participate in the activities of the campaign and therefore did not answer the remaining questions (except for question 10, where three of these 7 said their inability was related to changes caused by Covid-19). The remaining 20 individuals all answered questions 1 through 9, and 11 of the 20 answered question 10. Questions 1-9 were closed-ended questions, while question 10 was open-ended.
The 10 survey questions covered three topics: level of participation (Q1-Q3), the value of different components of the campaign (Q4-Q6), and questions about the future (Q7-Q10).