The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world’s poor. As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action.

 
St. FrancisOur cars and power plants, more energy consumption and waste—we’re leaving a bigger carbon footprint. Scientists tell us that means more climate change. Here and around the world, it is the poor who will be hit hardest. With more droughts, floods, hunger and joblessness. As faithful Catholics, we have a moral obligation to care for both Creation and the poor. Pope Benedict XVI insists, “Before it is too late, it is necessary to make courageous decisions” to curb climate change.

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PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
ASSESS how we—as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations—contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

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Chairs of Bishops’ Committees Endorse Regulating Carbon Pollution

The Chairs of the Domestic and International Committees of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates, respectively, voiced support for a national standard limiting carbon pollution from power plants in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bishops urged national leaders to act on climate change and to prioritize the wellbeing of the poor both internationally and domestically. They closed their letter by saying: We welcome the EPA’s proposal of a national standard to reduce significantly carbon pollution and call upon our leaders in government and industry to act responsibly, justly and rapidly to implement such a standard.

Read our press release here for a summary and read the full letter from the bishops here.  Public comments on the EPA pollution standards can be submitted here.

 

 


How others are treading lightly

Inspirational Stories

All across the country, Catholics are taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Here are a few real stories of the bold steps fellow Catholics are taking to protect God's Creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty.

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