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

October 29th, 2015

What will it take to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees C?

The 1.5°C marker pathway is the most challenging mitigation pathway that can still be defended as being techno-economically achievable.  It is endorsed by the Pope and many religious leaders. The last IPCC report said feasible scenarios for bringing temperatures down below 1.5C are “characterized by (1) immediate mitigation action; (2) the rapid upscaling of the full portfolio […]

October 28th, 2015

Listening and Mobilizing to Address Extractive Industries

On March 23, 2015 Latin American bishops came to the US to testify in DC against extractive industries.  In 2012 the US Catholic Conference of Bishops released a background document on extractive industries, after having heard so much from their brother bishops around the world on the impact extractive industries are having on the parishes […]

October 28th, 2015

An Assessment of COP-21 Negotiations in Bonn

Cross-posted from Carbon Brief. Countries have completed the last round of negotiations before a landmark meeting in Paris in December, where they have agreed to sign a new UN agreement on climate change.  Despite the urgency, the week produced little consensus, with issues such as finance proving fractious till the end. Nonetheless, parties produced a […]

October 27th, 2015

Education: A Strategic, Systems-based, Integrated Sustainability Initiative (ASSISI)

Education: A Strategic, Systems-based, Integrated Sustainability Initiative (ASSISI)

ASSISI (A Strategic, Systems-based, Integrated Sustainability Initiative) was developed by Catholic Earthcare Australia to provide a framework for sustainable development and fulfilment of a transformative ecological vision for Catholic schools, parishes and church communities, agencies and congregations. The overarching aim of the ASSISI initiative is to provide a foundation for and a pathway to best practice in achieving ecological […]

October 26th, 2015

New research: those at low altitudes in developing countries to experience most extreme weather

Over the next 50 years, people living at low altitudes in developing countries, particularly those in coastal Asia, will suffer the most from extreme weather patterns, according to researchers. Unbearable heat waves, typhoons of unprecedented speeds and flash floods have been an increasing occurrence globally. It’s not just a coincidence that these extreme weather events […]

October 26th, 2015

Pope Says Any Harm Done to the Environment is Harm to Humanity

While in America, the pope said the environment itself – not just humanity – was deserving of rights. He has stated unequivocally that climate change is a result of human activity and the result of excessive reliance on fossil fuels. At the UN, the Pope told the general assembly the environment should enjoy the same […]

October 26th, 2015

Some countries will be to hot to live in this century, on the current course

A number of countries in the Middle East would will experience higher temperatures and humidity than ever before on Earth if the world fails to cut carbon emissions, making them uninhabitable, outside of air conditioned spaces. The new research examined how a combined measure of temperature and humidity, called wet bulb temperature (WBT), would increase […]

October 26th, 2015

The Philippines Symbol: Leading GCCM and Suffering the Worst Climate Impacts

October 24 – The Philippines is such a symbolic country for our movement. On one hand, Filipinos are leading our movement by collecting more than half of our 200,000 signatures to the Catholic Climate Petition. The Filipino Church is incredibly mobilized, collecting signatures in hundreds of parishes all over the country. World leaders will meet in the U.N. […]

October 26th, 2015

Presidents of bishops conferences worldwide ask for decarbonization, care for the poor, and common good in dramatic appeal aimed at climate talks in Paris

An appeal from the six continental Associations of Bishops’ Conferences,  along with leaders of national conferences in the United States and Canada and of the Catholic patriarchs of the Orient outlines 10 points of a successful agreement in Paris, including: one that is “just and legally binding,” links climate change to social injustice and exclusion, with […]

October 26th, 2015

“Until that day” – by Patrick Carolan

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Pope Francis said: “The feasts of All Saints and All Souls are “days of hope.” The virtue of “hope is like a bit of leaven that enlarges your soul.” In Laudato Si Pope Francis tells us: “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” […]

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