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

February 19th, 2016

Clarification of thought about fossil fuel plants and stranded assets

In any conversation about the transition to a renewable energy economy, solar and wind advocates will eventually come up against the term “stranded assets,” which is usually deployed in defense of legacy fossil fuel power plants (and their owners).  But as times change, “stranded assets” could become a powerful tool for thinking about how we […]

February 18th, 2016

Islanders will start leaving Kiribati in 2020 as rising seas make life too difficult, according to its president Anote Tong

Low-lying atoll nation has bought land in Fiji to relocate its 100,000 population as global warming impacts accelerate The government has built coastal walls and floating islands but they won’t be enough to stop emigration, he told a climate change meeting in Wellington, Radio New Zealand reported on Tuesday. “People are getting quite scared now and […]

February 18th, 2016

Naturally Smart Places spreading to more Catholic schools

The Naturally Smart Places project run by Pop Up Foundation has been in development for over 10 years and has worked with schools all over the world.  The program has now connected with a third of the Catholic schools in South Australia and will go further later this year when a new network group will […]

February 18th, 2016

Pope Francis preaches on the border

Recounting God’s call to Jonah, the pontiff said the Lord asked the prophet to “go and help them to understand that by the way they treat each other, ordering and organizing themselves, they are only creating death and destruction, suffering and oppression.” “Go and tell them that they have become used to this degrading way […]

February 18th, 2016

What type of culture do we want? One capable of generating renewal and change.  Profit & capital are not a good over and above the human person but should serve the common good

The Pope has made many interesting remarks on his trip to Mexico to help point us to a better, more fulfilling and life-giving existence.  He said, wealth, vanity and pride “lock us into a cycle of destruction and sin.”  The three temptations “seek to destroy what we have been called to be,” the pontiff was […]

February 12th, 2016

Cardinal Turkson says “huge action needed” and bishops, we all have a duty, “a moral obligation, even a commandment”

From Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to 75 Bishops from all over the world about Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’.  Cardinal Turkson said bishops hold a “privileged position” in promoting the message of the Encyclical.  “No facet of our world is too great or too small, too lofty or […]

February 9th, 2016

The Energy Throwaway Culture

Pope Francis calls us to leave behind the “throwaway culture” (LS #23) and to transition off of fossil fuels “without delay” (LS #165).  The “throwaway culture” applies to energy too; one of the ways we are going to get off of fossil fuels, as a society, will be increased energy efficiency. That is why we […]

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