Tips For Reducing Your Impact
If your destination is close, consider walking or biking instead of driving. Every mile you travel with foot power instead of petrol power saves one pound of carbon.
Director Dan Misleh Awarded
Dan Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, is the 2015 Harry Fagan Award winner. This award, which is given annually by the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors, recognizes advances in the Catholic vision of social justice. Dan Misleh’s keynote address can be found here.
Associate Director Lonnie Ellis on EWTN
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.
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski on Climate Change
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.
Everyday Care for Creation
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.
You Can Make a Difference
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.
Feast of St. Francis Materials Now Ready
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.
Chairs of Bishops’ Committees Endorse Regulating Carbon Pollution
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.
Bishops Issue Statement on EPA Carbon Rules
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.
Covenant Director at Vatican Sustainability Conference
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?
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.