Celebrate successes thus far, this Earth Day. Help us add yours!

April 23, 2019

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In the Amazon and in other rainforest centers in 10 places around the globe, REPAM-style organizations have arisen!

In Russia, captured orca and beluga whales were ordered to be released into the wild.

In India, the Aravallis forests have new protection from encroachment.

In Australia, a proposed coal mine was shelved because of impacts on climate change.

In Ukraine, dolphins have been saved from marine parks.

In Nepal, the Pokhara Valley was saved from plans by a private developer to install a cable car.

In Mexico, a fertile seabed near Magdalena Bay in Baja California was saved from plans for an underwater phosphate mine.

In Honduras, attorney Laura Palmese won a 2018 Climate Justice Award for pioneering an innovative and effective climate justice initiative.

In Bangladesh, Fr. John Leydon helped provide climate, Laudato Si’ and GCCM orientation.  The entire conference of bishops is concerned about climate change.

In Kenya and Africa, Allan Ottero of CYNESA is organizing their 5th anniversary and Laudato Si’s 4th anniversary in an event that will exchange insights and explore future action.

In California USA, the Romero Institute worked with the diocese of Monterey to lead political organizing and city by city approval of a mechanism to have 90% renewable energy by the mid 2020s.  The Romero Institute and the Lakota Law Center it supports has also defended indigenous water protectors.

In Colorado USA, Catholic and interfaith action pressed Xcel Energy, monopoly utility and electricity provider for a third of the state to commit to 80% decarbonization by 2030 and 100% by 2050, and 11 cities to commit to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 or 2035.  A collaborative and growing network has been cultivated.  A series of climate and energy bills are being passed and work is starting on comprehensive consultation with affected communities across the state, to develop better plans for 2020 and beyond.  Work continues on energy and climate justice, interfaith and cross-justice effort organizing for a big movement around the inter-relatedness and dignity of all.

In Minnesota USA, Catholic Workers formed the second group of valveturners, ready to perform civil disobedience to stop harm to others.  They piloted a 9-week praxis group/community-building process.

Many have heard Greta Thunberg’s call to action and Pope Francis has urged her on!  See Greta’s statement and call at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzeekxtyFOY  She says: “Imagine what we could do together if we really wanted to, but to do that we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.  (Don’t) be scared of being unpopular.  The only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency break.  (We have to) be mature enough to tell it like it is and not leave even that burden to children.  (We have to) not worry about being popular.  Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to earn enormous amounts of money.  Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury.  The many suffer to pay for the luxuries of us few. Until you start focusing on what needs to be done instead of what is politically possible, there is no hope.  We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground and focus on equity.  If the solutions in the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time.  Change is coming whether you like it or not.  The real power belongs to the people.”