Dear First Name,
The "both/and" of the Catholic Church is such a blessing. We work tirelessly to defend both human life and human dignity. We both uphold human rights and shoulder the responsibility to secure those rights for all. We willingly engage in both personal and communal sacrifice (Lent) and hope in the promise of resurrection (Easter) as we journey back to God.
St. Francis embodied a "both/and" life. Living in radical simplicity, he was able to embrace all of creation. Caring for the outcasts, the sick, and the poorest of all, he was able to understand his own faults and deficiencies. Living a life of non-violence, he was able to work for peace. He was both a pastor and a prophet. He was both a humble man and arguably the world’s most revered saint. As we celebrate this Easter season, it may be a worthy reflection to consider how our lives are both/and. How we must see both our failings and our gifts for the world. How we acknowledge both our climate impacts and live the idea that the earth’s bounty is meant for all.
From all of us at Catholic Climate Covenant, we wish you a blessed Easter season.
Founding Executive Director
Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholics Leading the Way
Feast of St. Francis 2019 – Hold the Date!
This year’s Feast of St Francis theme, “We Are All Connected: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor” was chosen to complement and accompany the Vatican’s Synod, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology”. The Amazonian Synod will be held October 6-27, 2109 and the Feast of St. Francis (October 5th) presents a wonderful opportunity for Catholics to explore the issues of integral ecology, environmental and climate justice, and the rights of indigenous communities. The program will be available in early August and may be used by your community in October or any time that is convenient for you. Watch for a pre-registration email soon!
Catholic Social Teaching and Green New Deal Webinar-Recording Available!
Did you miss the April 30th webinar? You can watch it here.
The webinar discussed:
1) What is the Green New Deal, why it’s a lightning rod on Capitol Hill and around the nation, and why young people are the driving force behind this proposal.
2) How Catholic social teaching should inform legislative approaches (such as the Green New Deal) that address climate change.
3) How the US Catholic community can faithfully respond to legislative opportunities that address the climate crisis, including ideas found in the Green New Deal.
- Marianne Comfort, Justice Coordinator for Earth, Anti-Racism and Women, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- Erin Lothes Biviano, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth
- Evan Weber, Political Director, Sunrise Movement
Mercury Air Toxics Standards Rule
Thank you to the almost 1500 supporters who sent a comment to EPA urging it to uphold the life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The Covenant continues to build on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops statementthat states, “The proposed change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule is troubling since it is well-documented that pregnant mothers and their unborn children are the most sensitive to mercury pollution and its adverse health effects” and ”the MATS rule reflects a proper respect for life of the human person and of God’s creation – a great example of the integral ecology called for inLaudato Si’.”
On April 17th, the last day of the comment period, the Covenant’s Executive Director participated, along with Covenant partners Franciscan Action Network and the Sisters of Mercy, in an interfaith prayer service petitioning EPA to protect all life.
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Faithful Action on Climate Change
Climate Refugees: Your Questions Answered
An incredibly helpful resource from our friends at Jesuit Refugee Service USA (JRS/USA) and the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecologyseeks to answer questions you may have about the link between climate change and refugees.
Do No Harm: Catholic Hospitals Confront Their Own Carbon Footprints
The National Catholic Reporter has been publishing a series of articles focusing on the protection of our common home. This particular one delves into how Catholic hospitals are responding to the climate crisis. Kudos to our partner Catholic Health Association for their excellent work in this area. Check the article here.
Host a Screening of Paris to Pittsburgh Film
Our friends at Interfaith Power and Light have an interesting opportunity. You can host a FREE screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh”, a new film from National Geographic. To find out more, go here.