Ecology / Sustainability

 

“We … call for a civil dialogue and prudent and constructive action to protect God’s precious gift of the earth’s atmosphere with a sense of genuine solidarity and justice for all God’s children.” —U.S. Catholic Bishops

 


 

Vatican Issues Major Report on Science of Climate Change

Recently, a working group of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific institutes in the world, issued a sobering report on the impacts for humankind as a result of the global retreat of mountain glaciers as a result of human activity leading to climate change.

In their declaration, the working group calls, “on all people and nations to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses.”  They echoed Pope Benedict XVI’s 2010 World Day of Peace Message saying, “…if we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us.”

Click here to read the entire report or visit the Catholic Climate Covenant website.  


 

Tip For Reducing Your Impact

Use Power Strips

Plug in electronics and computers to power strips and save energy by turning off computers when not in use. Set network systems to low-power sleep modes. Shutting down just one computer and monitor system can save up to $100 annually!


Resources

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good
The bishops open a new avenue of dialogue in the sometimes convoluted discussions about global warming, offering a distinctively religious and moral perspective on the need for environmental protection.
No. 5-431, 28 pp., $3.50 (also available in Spanish)

Renewing the Earth
The U.S. bishops call on Catholics to respond to environmental problems.
No. 468-6, 20 pp., $3.50

St. Francis Prayer Card
This prayer card reminds all the faithful of a common responsibility and duty toward the Creator and creation in honor of St. Francis. - No. 5-024, 1 package of 50 cards for $10.00                                            

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