The Covenant’s Associate Director, Lonnie Ellis, recently spoke on EWTN News Nightly about how faith can inform policy decisions on climate change. This interview follows an earlier interview with the Covenant’s Executive Director, Dan Misleh.
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Archbishop Wenski conveyed the moral challenge of climate change at a recent gathering of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read the statement here.
Caring for Creation and our sisters and brothers in poverty isn’t a once-in-a-while activity. New calendars, recently created by our partner Catholic Rural Life, beautifully help you find ways to connect with Creation throughout the year. Please take a look.
Tell your elected officials to support shrinking our carbon footprint. In a July 30, 2014 letter to the EPA, leading U.S. Catholic bishops voiced support for a national standard to limit carbon pollution in order to protect people from climate disruption and toxic pollution. We ask you to add your voice to this crucial discussion. Send a comment to your officials with one easy click here.
Our Feast of Saint Francis program, “Creating a Climate for Solidarity: From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You,” helps your parish, college, or small study group explore how climate change affects the world’s poor. Through this dynamic multi-media presentation, your group will dig in deeply on questions of Creation care and social justice. We provide all the materials you need to make your program a success, free of charge. Please register. You’ll receive an email within a few hours with links to these thought-provoking resources.
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.
On May 29, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging that the new carbon pollution rules on existing power plants should protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change. Read more here.
While Covenant Executive Director, Dan Misleh, is attending the conference Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility May 2-6, 2014 at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome, he’ll be blogging here. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: Are Humanity’s dealings with Nature sustainable? How should we perceive Nature and what is a good relationship between Humanity and Nature?
The Catholic Climate Covenant is cosponsoring the Chasing Ice Tour, a pilot project in Ohio while collaborating with the Diocese of Columbus to promote the tour locally. The Diocese of Columbus is participating in this as part of a larger initiative in Columbus to generate a greater willingness to tackle climate change.This project will dramatically expand the effort initiated by the 2013 Feast of St. Francis program, Melting Ice, Mending Creation.