Tips For Reducing Your Impact
Save Gas, Save Energy
Keep your tires properly inflated. Every pound underinflation uses 6% more gas. And tune up your car. A poorly tuned car can use 25% more gas.
Catholics Promoting “Chasing Ice” Tour in OH
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.
Carbon Fast Lenten Calendar
The Archdiocese of Washington Care for Creation Committee suggests the practice of spiritual reflection and sacrificial action during Lent which focus on fulfilling our commitment to be a wise stewards of God’s Creation now and for future generations. You are invited to use this Lenten Caring for Creation Calendar offered by the Archdiocese of Washington.
Faith Response to President’s State of the Union
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.
Pope Francis on Creation Care
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.
“Evangelii Gaudium” and the Environment
On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. The document is prophetic on multiple social issues, and includes among them the Christian vocation to care for creation:
#215. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Read more of Pope Francis’s teaching on the environment.
Giving Tuesday: Give a Gift for Another
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.
Help Us Expand Our Reach
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!
Feast of St. Francis: Melting Ice, Mending Creation
Join tens of thousands of other Catholics who will learn about the dramatic visual evidence of climate change and explore Catholic teaching on the topic. This year’s Feast of St. Francis program: “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change,” features the Pontifical Academy of Sciences report about disappearing glaciers, the implications for humankind, and their call for urgent action. An online slide show presentation, narrated by Executive Director Dan Misleh, is accompanied by a complete Educational Kit with Discussion Guide tailored for Parishes, Colleges, or High School aged youth and are available here.
America Magazine posts article by Coalition staff
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.
Coalition’s Analysis of Presidential Climate Plan
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.
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.
Coalition Announces 2013 Feast of St. Francis Program
Building on the success of it’s 2012 Feast of St. Francis educational project on climate refugees with Sun Come Up film screenings at over 300 locations nationwide, the Coalition is pleased to announce this year’s theme “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change.” This year’s FOSF program will highlight the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene along with the photographic evidence of melting glaciers as documented by James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. Find out more and register your interest here.
Canadian Bishops Issue New Resource on Environment
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) outlined eight central themes in its new resource Building a New Culture – Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment. The eight central themes identified by the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace are the following: our creation in God’s image; creation’s intrinsic order; the relationship of “human ecology” to environmental ecology; responsible stewardship; the morality of caring for the environment; solidarity; creation and spirituality; and necessary responses to environmental problems.
Pope Francis’ Call to Catholics: Protect Creation
Pope Francis has continued to emphasize the importance of creation care in many of his public statements. During his homily on March 19 he said: Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation! To highlight the on-going emphasis that Pope Francis has placed on creation care, the Coalition has published a new webpage to document the pontiff’s various statements on creation.
Pope Francis Embraces Care for Creation/Care for the Poor
From his election on March 13th through his inauguration mass on March 19th, Pope Benedict, in gestures, symbols and words, made it clear that his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church will have a clear focus on the poor and on a greater mindfulness of the gift of God’s Creation. For an analysis of this first week, please read Fr. Drew Christiansen’s blog in America magazine.