Catholic perspectives on climate change and our responsibility to care for creation.

November 17th, 2015

Card. Turkson says Amazon region deserves a different future, after a history of “persecution, dehumanization and extermination.”

Reprinted from Vatican Radio.   Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the Amazon region deserves a different future, after a history of “persecution, dehumanization and extermination.”  He was writing to the Ecclesial Meeting of the Pan-Amazonian Network (REPAM), taking place in Bogotà. In his message, Cardinal Turkson […]

November 17th, 2015

Public trust doctrine to protect climate: Roman civil law says natural resources are for the use of the public and governments have duty to protect as part of a public trust

The public trust doctrine, which dates back to Roman civil law is being used to fight against climate change.  A Dutch court recently ruled that greenhouse gas reduction is a state obligation, that states are legally required to protect citizens against climate change.  A case, relying on the public trust doctrine is now being fought […]

November 17th, 2015

Constitutional right to life argument applied to climate

“The biggest fossil fuel polluters on the planet, including Exxon and Koch Industries, just asked the court for permission to argue that young people don’t have a constitutional right to life if it means reducing fossil fuel use,” Julia Olson, the lead attorney from Our Children’s Trust said in a statement.  The case is a new […]

November 17th, 2015

Extreme Heat Rising

Extreme heat and all that comes with it will be a lasting legacy of climate change. It’s the tie that binds and while the global average temperature is the defining metric, the increasing incidence of heat waves and longer lasting extreme heat is how the world will experience it. All eight papers dealing with extreme heat […]

November 16th, 2015

Scientists running and cycling from the Arctic and the Antarctic to Paris say you can’t really do anything more evil than lie about climate change and delay action for >20 years, like Exxon

Two twenty-something climate scientists are currently running and cycling their way from the Antarctic and Arctic all the way to Paris. Traveling a combined distance of 20,000 kilometers (nearly 12,500 miles), the two scientists—plus team members joining them along the way—are working to raise awareness about climate change ahead of December’s Paris climate conference. Erlend Moster Knudsen […]

November 13th, 2015

Bill Patenaude Discusses Rhode Island Laudato Si’ Event with Bishop Tobin

On November 12, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and the Rhode Island Office of Faith Formation hosted “Lessons from Laudato Si’: On Climate and the Common Good,” a discussion of the Holy Father’s influential encyclical incorporating a Catholic perspective on environmental and social ethics. Following a welcome by Bishop Tobin, four presentations were offered by academics […]

November 13th, 2015

Recent and Upcoming Justice and Laudato Si’ Actions

UPCOMING JUSTICE & LAUDATO SI’ ACTION EVENTS As part of a European lobby tour organised by MISEREOR and CIDSE, Mgr. Fridolin Ambongo, and Fr. Clément Makiobo representing CENCO – the National Bishops Conference of CONGO (DRC) –  will meet with EU political leaders, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of EU Member States to […]

November 10th, 2015

Pope is influencing Americans and Catholic Americans, but still a long way to go

The Pope is influencing Americans and Catholic Americans, but still a long way to go.  The report’s results draw from a unique study design of within-subject surveys of a nationally representative sample of American adults conducted in the Spring, prior to the release of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’, and again in the Fall, after […]

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