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.
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In response to the President’s State of the Union address, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (of which the USCCB and the Coalition are members) issued a statement to the President: In the coming months as you make key decisions regarding climate change and energy policy, we urge you to be guided by a moral framework that includes not only being responsible stewards of God’s creation, but protecting poor and vulnerable populations in the US and abroad while meeting our obligations to future generations.Read the entire statement here.
In his 2014 Address to the Diplomatic Corps, Pope Francis addressed creation care and environmental concerns. He said:
Finally, I wish to mention another threat to peace, which arises from the greedy exploitation of environmental resources. Even if “nature is at our disposition”, all too often we do not “respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations”. Read other quotes from Pope Francis on creation care and solidarity.
As an alternative to the material consumption–on full display in our nation’s “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”– that Pope Francis has spoken about, Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3) presents a way putting our money where our heart is, in the use of our financial resources for charitable causes that contribute to a better future. By choosing to give a gift to the Coalition on Giving Tuesday, you are contributing to the expansion of our outreach to youth, colleges, and facilities managers. We invite you to give an “alternative gift” by selecting “in honor of” a person on our donation page.
We know you share our vision—a U.S. Catholic community unified around and motivated by the goodness of Creation to actively transform a world threatened by climate change and protect those people suffering from environmental injustice. Now we are asking for your financial support to make this vision a reality. Please consider giving a tax-deductible contribution to the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change.
Help us reach an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 before Thanksgiving!
Coalition Director Dan Misleh and Project Manager Dan DiLeo recently wrote Catholic Action on Climate Change at America Magazine. The article recognizes that the Earth’s atmosphere recently passed the dubious carbon dioxide milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The article notes that this number is 35 parts per million higher than when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote their climate change statement in 2001, and points out that this drastic rise in carbon dioxide emissions is not unexpected given the continued reliance on coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels in our economy. But the article also highlights the Church’s repeated call for Catholics to address climate change as a moral issue. Read more here.
On Tuesday, June 25, at Georgetown University, President Obama unveiled a plan that focuses on three overarching areas: domestic energy use, climate vulnerability and international concerns. The Coalition issued a press release immediately following the president’s speech. In addition, Catholic News Service also interviewed the Coalition’s Executive Director, Dan Misleh and other Coalition partners and supporters about the plan.