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February 14th, 2017

Carbon pollution is destabilizing both the Arctic and Antarctic: Rapid warming and disintegrating polar ice sets the stage for ‘societal collapse’

By Joe Romm, cross-posted from Climate Progress, 14 Feb 2017   A crack in Antarctics’s Larsen C ice shelf has grown sharply in recent months. CREDIT: NASA. The Arctic and Antarctic are seeing an accelerated collapse of both sea and land ice. When you add in Trump’s aggressive agenda to undo both domestic and global climate […]


February 14th, 2017

Active or applied hope, reflections from Joanna Macy and others

Active or applied hope, reflections from Joanna Macy and others

The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.  The ecological and social crises we face are inflamed by an economic system dependent on extraction and ever-increasing profits for the few. This destructive economy sets its goals and measures its […]


February 12th, 2017

Fr. Allwyn D’Silva of Mumbai appointed to Bishop

Cross-posted from Crux.com, by Nirmala Carvalho, 15 Jan 2017  Fr. Allwyn D’Silva is also a member of GCCM’s Steering Committee “Care for Creation” will be my Episcopal motto,” Father Allwyn D’Silva told Crux and added that “My appointment is a recognition of the Church for justice and environment issues.” D’Silva is preparing for his new job […]


February 12th, 2017

Continuing to introduce new fossil fuel subsidies, World Bank undermines its own climate change commitments and forest protection efforts

Catholics concerned about life and climate change, the ability of all to flourish, with dignity, are trying to shift to renewables in developed and in developing countries.  A primary source of energy development funding in the global south is the development banks.  The World Bank is a primary one.  The study below, published in the […]


February 12th, 2017

Saints remind us of our true vocation, and we are all called to be saints

Excerpted from an article by Robert Ellsberg in America Magazine.  Ellsberg & Day remind us, as we ponder the meaning of integral ecology, that “the saint is the holy man, the ‘whole man,’ the integrated man. We all wish to be that.” Canonization is really a gift the church makes to itself.  Through recognition of certain […]


February 12th, 2017

Shelter for all? Housing and eviction in the US

Shelter for all? Housing and eviction in the US

It’s hard to think about climate or the bigger picture, common good, or “care of our common home” issues in Laudato Si’ if keeping a roof over your head is a daily struggle. Sociologist Matthew Desmond on the genesis of Evicted, his acclaimed book about those affected by the eviction epidemic in the US  Read […]


February 11th, 2017

Energy poverty in the US

On the Navajo/Dine’ reservation, 32 percent of all homes lack electricity, while 31 percent lack plumbing, 38 percent lack water services, 86 percent lack natural gas and 60 percent lack telephone services.  Around 14,000 homes are not connected to electricity.  While NTUA extends power to about 700 new customers per year, a steady increase in […]


February 11th, 2017

Life, health, jobs and energy sovereignty on Indian / Original Nations lands in North America

Life, health, jobs and energy sovereignty on Indian / Original Nations lands in North America

Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) and Trees, Water & People (TWP) are continuing efforts with support from Trees-Water-People to move towards energy independence.  In August 2016 this included conducting a solar air heater workshop and installing ten solar air heating systems for the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe in northeast South Dakota. The training is teaching twelve tribal members about […]


February 11th, 2017

Reparations to Native Americans should involve return of stolen land, said a United Nations investigator

A United Nations investigator called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination. Chris McGreal in Washington, The Guardian, 4 May 2012 A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of […]

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