Dear First Name,
2017 has been, both personally and professionally, a heart-wrenching year. Frankly, many of us will be glad to close the book on it and we look forward to a kinder 2018. As we approach the new year, I urge you to help us begin it with a fuller bank account so we’re ready for the year ahead. Your tax-deductible donation can help us reach our ambitious year-end fundraising goal of $50,000.
We need your financial support!
As 2017 dawned, we saw the unraveling of our national and international commitments to address climate change. For many concerned about these rollbacks, 2017 felt like a series of unending challenges and outrages. We did our part to respond, but we also committed to longer-term movement building: focusing on providing both theological and practical approaches so as to bring more people into the creation care tent.
We hope you share our enthusiasm in what we’ve accomplished in 2017. More resources are urgently needed to help us fill the tent and build for the long-haul. We will continue to rely not only on your important efforts in your own community but especially your financial assistance at this critical time. Please be as generous as you can so we can grow this mission.
Founding Executive Director
Action of the Month:
Support US Funding and Participation in the Global Effort to Address Climate Change
The top leaders of 170 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations, and health care systems, serving people and communities in every state of the nation, sent a letter to President Trump and the U.S. Congress in support of:
- Funding the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
- Meaningfully participate in the deliberations of the UNFCCC; and
- Honor U.S. Commitments to the Green Climate Fund
You can also take action and write your legislator, asking her or him to support Congressional funding of $10m for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Funding for these agencies is critical for continued international cooperation on climate change.
Faithful Action On Climate Change
Catholics Speak at Clean Power Plan Hearing in West Virginia
On November 29th, Jose Aguto, the Covenant’s Associate Director, providedtestimony at the only scheduled public hearing on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Charleston, West Virginia.
In his comments, Jose noted that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has consistently supported a national standard such as the Clean Power Plan and opposes efforts to weaken or repeal this landmark policy without an adequate replacement program. He added: “In solidarity with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Climate Covenant urges EPA not to revoke the Clean Power Plan. If EPA chooses to do so, we ask that the CPP remain in place until an alternative is proposed, approved, and implemented. That alternative should meet or exceed the CPP’s national carbon emission reduction goals of 32% by the year 2030 relative to 2005 levels.”
Also providing testimony in favor of the emission reduction goals of the Clean Power Plan, Reverend Brian O’Donnell, S.J., Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Vest Virginia lifted the need to include local communities in the planning of the transition away from fossil fuels.
Register to Receive the 2018 Earth Day Program
The 2018 Earth Day program will be available in mid to late February. Taking inspiration from Pope Francis’, we are focusing on counteracting the “throwaway culture” that permeates our societies. Join us and celebrate Earth Day with a one-hour educational program and the beginning of a Reduce Waste-Grow Community Challenge. Register now to receive the free Earth Day resource in your inbox as soon as it is available.
Did You Miss The November Webinar?
Practical and Proven Ways to Inspire Creation Care in Your Community webinar recording and slides now available!
Listen to the November 14th webinar and learn about:
- How the Dioceses of Toledo and Burlington initiated and inspired Care for Creation activities and successful conferences around Laudato Si’ among the Catholic faithful
- Successful programs and activities they have implemented within Catholic schools and parishes that sustain interest and actions related to Care for Creation and Laudato Si’
- Proven ways to encourage and motivate fellow parishioners to participate in your efforts
Catholics Leading the Way
Laudato Si’ Joy: Advent 2017 Resource Kit
During the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to deepen our own sense of love for the world. Protecting creation and vulnerable people is an important way to love. Our partner, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has produced a brand-new Advent resource kit to help you to reflect on the call to care for our common home and to live out your call through concrete actions.
Environmental Advent Calendar Available!
St. James Cathedral’s Care for Creation Committee in Seattle Washington has put together an Environmental Advent calendar for December 2017 full of daily eco-tips.
Carmelite NGO Laudato Si' Curriculum
Covenant partner, Carmelite NGO created the Curriculum on Laudato Si', to teach high school students around the world the wisdom of Pope Francis' earth-care Encyclical. The Curriculum is for grades 9-12, with an adult Study Guide for college classes and study groups. Check it out! Also check out Carmelite NGO’s excellent website Laudato Si’ For All.
St. Louis Climate Summit: April 22-24 2018
The 2018 Saint Louis Climate Summit will bring together some of the most authoritative minds in climate science, ecology, sustainable development, and related disciplines for three days of discussion on climate change. It will highlight key issues, celebrate notable achievements, and elucidate a path forward. For more information, visit www.stlclimatesummit.org
Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2018 - early-bird registration rate is extended till December 8th!
Don’t miss this transformative annual gathering for leaders in Catholic social ministry and advocacy! Connect with current and emerging leaders sharing new energy and ideas. Dynamic and thought-provoking plenary presentations, briefings, and workshops will focus on how we as a Church can respond mercifully to pressing domestic and international social concerns. Then, lend your voice to our advocacy for the common good with members of Congress.
To register or for more information visitwww.CatholicSocialMinistryGathering.org
Global Catholic Climate Movement Seeks a Director of Finance and Operations
Want to work on climate change issues with a faith organization? Here is an exciting opportunity! Global Catholic Climate Movement seeks a Director of Finance and Operations. This is a senior-level strategic role overseeing and optimizing day-to-day operations throughout the organization, including human resources, finance, budgeting, governance and legal. The position will oversee the work of key outside contractors including a full-service finance and accounting vendor.
Location: Preferred location in Washington DC, but the right candidate can work from anywhere in the United States.