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Other Catholic Voices

From Dan Misleh, Director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Dan Misleh,  joins host John O’Keefe of the Center for Catholic Thought, at Creighton University to discuss the Catholic perspective on climate change.  The program also considers the Catholic Climate Covenant, an initiative of the Center. To hear the program click here.

From a Franciscan Research Analyst

Ríobart É. Breen, SFO Ph.D, writes that “contemporary Franciscans in particular are being called upon to draw deeply from the Franciscan Tradition to provide leadership in efforts to address Climate Change.” Read his entire statement here.

From a Deacon and Biologist

“It is our corporate misfortune to be sharing a dying world while holding the cure in our hands.”
Brian McCaffery of the Diocese of Fairbanks offers a profound reflection on faith and climate change in his high school alumni magazine. Read the article (PDF)

From a Diocesan Social Ministry Leader
Norbertine Brother, Steve Herro of the Diocese of Green Bay writes about climate change, public policy and our obligation to the poor for the diocesan newspaper The Compass. Read the article.

From a Businessman
John Stowell, Vice President for Environment, Safety and Health for Duke Energy, one of the largest electricity companies in the Eastern United States, testified before Catholic leaders gathered for a CCCC co-sponsored dialogue in Columbus, Ohio on April 14, 2007. Read his statement (PDF)

From the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province

The Jesuit Society of Jeses in Oregon Province has developed a Regional Sustainable Development, A Plan of ActionSustainable Development is a commitment to respect and care for the community of life. It is economic growth that promotes the values of human rights, care for the natural world, and the striving for the common good of the whole earth community, especially the poor and most vulnerable. It involves sustaining the present generation without imposing long-term costs or penalties on future generations. It replaces the use of non-renewable resources with renewable ones and reduces the consumption of all resources. Read more here.

From a Scientist
Dr. Glenn Juday, Professor of Forest Ecology and Director of the Tree-Ring Laboratory in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presented the science of climate change to Alaska’s four Catholic bishops and other leaders at a hearing in Anchorage on June 2, 2007.

From a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Leader
John Carr, Secretary of the Department of Social Development and World Peace at USCCB, testified before the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee on June 7, 2007. In that testimony he said, “If we do not address climate change and global poverty together, we will fail both morally and practically. … We cannot protect the earth and ignore the ‘wretched of the earth.” Read the full statement (PDF)

From an Engineer and Social Worker
Michael R. Wright, a NASA engineer and licensed social worker writes on The “Other” Life Issue, regarding the “call to seriously address global climate change” found in the quadrennial statement on Catholic social responsibility, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” from the US Catholic Bishops. Read the article (PDF)

Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change joins host John O’Keefe to discuss the Catholic perspective on climate change.  The program also considers the Catholic Climate Covenant, an initiative of the Center.