Green Team Cleans up Kingman Island (again!)

April 23, 2024

“We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic.  We need to pray as if everything depended on God's providence, and work as if everything depended on us.” (Pope Francis, 9/1/18)

On April 20, a hearty crew from the St. Matthew’s Creation Care Green Team once again turned their faith into action by joining other volunteers in the Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Clean-up. The team focused on a section of the riverbank along Kingman Island. The raft of plastic bottles and debris is always stunning and distressing--a grim reminder of the need to heed the call of Pope Francis to change our patterns of consumption and eliminate single-use plastics from our lives.

Restoration of the Anacostia River is an ongoing commitment of the Green Team, and this was our fifth year of our participation in this event.