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

December 17th, 2015

Cardinal Tagle: See, Hear, Judge, Act – This requires spiritual conversion, a new vision. It requires human conversion. Review of our priorities. Conversion to sharing. Conversion to solidarity.

(Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at the Mass for the opening of the Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila and the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation declared by Pope Francis, on September 1, 2015 at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate […]

December 17th, 2015

Another World is Possible, by Yeb Saño

By Yeb Saño, former chief climate negotiator of the Philippines. When governments were scrambling in the dying days of the COP21 climate summit in Paris to forge a new climate agreement, Typhoon Melor (Nonoy) was approaching the Philippines, again quite uncharacteristically a few days before Christmas. As the world politicians continued to celebrate the agreement, […]

December 17th, 2015

It takes roots: Community-led solutions to global climate change

Mercy Sr. Áine O’Conner, coordinator of Mercy Global Action at the United Nations, spoke at a demonstration against fracking. (Elise D. Garcia) Cross-posted from Global Sisters Report, by Elise Garcia As the penultimate day of the Paris climate summit drew to a close Friday, Dec. 11, chants could be heard from one of the forum […]

December 17th, 2015

Catholic Ecology interview with Dr. Pablo Canziani

The following is a re-print of Bill Patenaude’s interview with Dr. Pablo Canziani.  Both Bill and Pablo are also on the Steering Committee of GCCM With so much being said about Pope Francis and ecology, it would be helpful to hear from someone who knows about both faith and science—and about Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Dr. […]

December 17th, 2015

Workers in global south need livelihoods that withstand ecological crisis—and leap ahead of dominant fossil-fuel based economies that have controlled and stifled development

The term “green economy” danced around the corridors at the Paris climate talks, evoking visions of electric cars and “clean tech.” But “decarbonization” is a messier story in the Global South. Workers in the rapidly warming “developing world” need more than wind turbines and highbrow organic farms; they need to build livelihoods that can mitigate ecological […]

December 15th, 2015

Mercys Lead Catholic Anti-Fracking Effort at COP-21

As toxic waste expert Sandra Steingraber spoke at the site of the United Nations climate talks on the dangers of fracking, she noted that back home a group of protesters was getting arrested outside a fracked-gas storage facility near Seneca Lake in New York State. Hundreds of people, often reciting lines from Pope Francis’ encyclical […]

December 12th, 2015

Scientists comment on 1.5 C

Dr Rachel Warren, a researcher in climate impacts and mitigation at the University of East Anglia, told Carbon Brief:  “In the 5th assessment of the IPCC, when we assessed the reasons for concern about climate change and we considered unique and threatened systems, we found that a transition from moderate to high risk to those systems occurred somewhere […]

December 12th, 2015

Key Elements of the Final Agreement + GCCM and Civil Society Quotes

Key elements of the final agreement include the following: The goal of holding global average temperatures to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts” to limit temperature increases to 1.5C. A non-binding decision for countries to review their national targets in 2020 and then every five years with a view to increasing […]

December 11th, 2015

Terry Tempest Williams reflects on Paris, climate change, the movement and peace

Joe Solomon, a journalist in Paris, asked Terry Tempest Williams, an author, poet, and activist, about the relationship between climate change and peace.  Reprinted with both of their permission. Terry Tempest Williams has also been involved in training the next generation of activists, in the context of church-based retreats, with Tim de Christopher, jailed for […]

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