The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world’s poor. As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action.
Our 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.
Join Catholics taking action in our families, parishes, schools and communities to reduce our carbon footprint, care for “the least of
these” (Mt 25) and raise our voice on behalf of Creation and the poor.
Pope Francis: on World Environment Day
In his most powerful environment-themed address to date, Pope Francis issued a sober challenge during his audience in Rome on June 5. Noting that it is also World Environment Day, Pope Francis said: We are losing the attitude of wonder, contemplation, listening to creation. The implications of living in a horizontal manner [is that] we have moved away from God, we no longer read His signs. Read / hear entire text here. See other statements on care for creation and the poor from Pope Francis here.
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.