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

November 27th, 2015

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting $2.2 trillion; no more coal needed in a 2 C world

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting up to $2.2 trillion in the next decade, threatening substantially lower investor returns, by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic in the face of a perfect storm of factors including international action to limit climate change to 2˚C and rapid advances in clean technologies, think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative […]

November 27th, 2015

Weather disasters in the past two decades are double the level in previous 10 years

Weather-related disasters in the past two decades have killed more than 600,000 people and inflicted economic losses estimated at trillions of dollars, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that the frequency and impact of such events was set to rise. According to the report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the […]

November 27th, 2015

Coal plants continue to poison those surrounding them in developing countries

“No one dries their washing outside round here,” said Dr KK Aggarwal, who runs a clinic in the town of Anpara, the site of four big plants, two of them old and two extremely new – the newest, Anpara D, began to come on stream this month. “Many of my patients suffer from respiratory problems, […]

November 27th, 2015

Those in poverty suffer “wounds inflicted by minorities who cling to power and wealth, who selfishly squander while a growing majority is forced to flee to abandoned, filthy and run-down peripheries.”

Speaking in a church surrounded by corrugated cardboard homes in a moving visit to one of the notorious and long-lasting slum neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, Pope Francis on Friday cried out against a global economic system that he said gives a wealthy minority license to let the majority suffer poverty.  In a second meeting later […]

November 27th, 2015

Pope Francis’ Speech at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya

(26 November 2015)  On my way to this hall, I was asked to plant a tree in the park of the United Nations Centre. I was happy to carry out this simple symbolic act, which is so meaningful in many cultures.  Planting a tree is first and foremost an invitation to continue the battle against phenomena […]

November 27th, 2015

CAFOD Submits 40K signatures in the UK, 60K People March in Melbourne!

A group of CAFOD supporters took the Pope’s message on climate change to the heart of government this week, when they handed in a petition signed by 40,000 Catholics calling on David Cameron to show leadership at the UN climate talks.  CAFOD submitted 40,000 signatures collected by Catholic parishes and organizations in the UK, calling […]

November 27th, 2015

Land and Food is a new contribution from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Land and Food is a new contribution from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace published in 2015, the year of the encyclical Laudato si’, the Universal EXPO in Milan Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, and the adoption of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are witnessing a renewed interest in the threefold […]

November 25th, 2015

Pope in Kenya calls for just distribution of natural and human, care for our common home, and commitment to the common good

“Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration,” said Pope Francis in his first speech in Kenya.  He addressed President Uhruru Kenyatta and the country’s authorities gathered under a big marquee in Nairobi’s State House garden.  “The struggle against these enemies of peace and […]

November 25th, 2015

Catholic climate petitions for 1.5 degrees Celsius upper limit submitted to political leaders from US to Australia

All around the world, from Australia to the US Catholic’s petitions for strong and quick action to keep global warming beneath 1.5 C are being presented to political leaders in each country.  Yesterday, Jacqui Remond, head of Caritas Australia, delivered the GCCM’s Australian petitions to Julie Bishop, Australia’s Commonwealth Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trading. […]

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