2015-2017 Eco-News

November 4, 2017: Global Churches act together at the United Nations’ climate change conference COP23 to follow up on the Paris Agreement to enable accountable and ambitious action: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/global-churches-act-together-for-climate-justice-in-call-to-cop23

October 31, 2017: 5th International Conference on Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics (ECOTHEE-17): brought together people from diverse nations and faith traditions to reflect on the theology of Oikos and indigenous spirituality. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-conference-focuses-on-ecological-theologyAcademy

October 26, 2017: Ecumenical Review traces religious perspectives on climate change in Africa: “Praying for Rain? African Perspectives on Religion and Climate Change.”http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/ecumenical-review-traces-religious-perspectives-on-climate-change-in-africa

September 25, 2017: New climate commission could advance human dignity, US bishops tell Congress: The United States should create a commission to combat the harms of climate change and promote human dignity as a whole, the U.S. bishops said in a letter to Congress. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-climate-commission-could-advance-human-dignity-us-bishops-tell-congress-92432

September 4, 2017: Christians around the world pray for creation: “Monday morning prayer at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva today celebrated the Season of Creation – the time of year when the worldwide Christian family joins in praying and caring for our common home.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/christians-around-the-world-pray-for-creation

September 1, 2017: The Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: Joint message: “…Joint Message which was released on Friday morning from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who for the first time are writing together on Themes of the Day, inviting all the faithful and men of good will to prayer and to reflect on how to live in a simple and solid manner, responsibly using earthly goods.” http://www.news.va/en/news/the-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation-joint-m

August 30, 2017: On Friday, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew will issue a joint message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/08/30/pope-francis-patriarch-bartholomew-issue-joint-environmental-statement/

September 1 to October4, 2017: “September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and many other Christian churches have joined since then, with Pope Francis most recently in 2015. It was then extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4 (Feast of St. Francis).” http://seasonofcreation.org/

June 30, 2017: “Sign the pledge to receive resources on how to live #LiveLaudatoSi and to connect to a global movement coming together to care for our common home” including praying for and with creation:  http://livelaudatosi.org/

June 7, 2017: Outpouring of messages vow to carry climate justice forward. “Climate justice isn’t a policy that can simply be thrown away by any president – it’s a moral decision that affects the well-being of millions of people and future generations across the world.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/outpouring-of-messages-vow-to-carry-climate-justice-forward

June 1,2017: Church of England wins ExxonMobil climate change battle. “Shareholders of the oil giant ExxonMobil pushed through a resolution on climate change at the company’s annual general meeting yesterday despite strong opposition from the board of directors.” http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-of-england-wins-exxonmobil-climate-change-battle 

June 1,2017: Catholic leaders dismayed by Trump’s exit from Paris climate agreement: “The decision now, to pull out, this for us is something we hoped would not have happened,” Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told reporters on Wednesday. http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/06/01/catholic-leaders-dismayed-by-trumps-exit-from-paris-climate-agreement/

April 21, 2017: On Earth Day Catholics prepare to show mercy for the planet. On Earth Day Catholics from across the world will be celebrating the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy from April 22-23. https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/04/21/earth-day-catholics-prepare-show-mercy-planet/

April 19, 2017: Canadian Anglican, Lutheran leaders ask for Earth Day prayers, action. With the approach of Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, Canadian Anglican and Lutheran leaders have issued an invitation to creation-minded prayer and action. http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/canadian-anglican-lutheran-leaders-ask-for-earth-day-prayers-action

April 6, 2017: Catholics to open climate march with Mass, prayer, Capitol Hill visits: Catholics participating in the Peoples Climate Movement march in the nation’s capital will be able to pray at a Mass and visit their representatives on Capitol Hill as part of two days of activities. https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/04/06/catholics-open-climate-march-mass-prayer-capitol-hill-visits/

March 22, 2017: Pope on World Water Day: ‘Institutions Must Raise Awareness to Protect Precious Treasure’: “I am happy that this meeting is taking place, for it represents yet another stage in the joint commitment of various institutions to raising consciousness about the need to protect water as a treasure belonging to everyone, mindful too of its cultural and religious significance” https://zenit.org/articles/pope-on-world-water-day-institutions-must-raise-awareness-to-protect-precious-treasure/

Earth Hour is Saturday, March 25, at 8:30–9:30 p.m. local time: The Roman Catholic–United Church Dialogue invites you and your community of faith to observe Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25, at 8:30–9:30 p.m. local time. http://www.united-church.ca/news/earth-hour-vigil

February 24, 2017: Ecumenical Prayer Vigil available for observing International Earth Hour 2017. The 10th annual International Earth Hour will take place on Saturday 25 March 2017 at 8:30 p.m. The Roman Catholic – United Church Dialogue has prepared an ecumenical prayer service to help congregations, parishes, and other groups observe, in prayer and worship, International Earth Hour. http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/commissions-committees-and-aboriginal-council/national-commissions/christian-unity-religious-relations-with-the-jews-and-interfaith-dialogue/documents/4683-ecumenical-prayer-vigil-available-for-observing-international-earth-hour-2017-

February 20, 2017: Overcome divisions to protect God’s creation, bishops ask US government. The United States government has the opportunity to overcome political divisions and respond effectively to climate change, the nation’s bishops have said in a letter to the Secretary of State. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/overcome-divisions-to-protect-gods-creation-bishops-ask-us-government-60537/

February 17, 2017: “Now is the time for someone to take action, to start building that bridge. It is possible, if we all contribute our part,” said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in Oslo, Norway on 17 February. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/201cnow-is-the-time-to-step-in-to-build-that-bridge201d-2013-tveit-speaks-on-climate-justice-in-oslo-norway

February 17, 2017: Pope: ‘Time Is Running Out, We Must Act’: In Message to Popular Movements Meeting in California, Appeals for Creation to be Defended, Stresses No People Is ‘Violent,’ Nor Religion, ‘Terrorist’. https://zenit.org/articles/pope-time-is-running-out-we-must-act/

February 15, 2017: “We must act and not only talk” for a sustainable future: At a 27 January conference in Rome, Rev. Henrik Grape, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Working Group on Climate Change, spoke about how to transform our world to sustainability and, at the same time, fight poverty and hunger without destroying the environment. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/201cwe-must-act-and-not-only-talk201d-for-a-sustainable-future

27 February-1 March 2017: How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend: PAS-PASS Workshop, Casina Pio IV: By putting the problem of biological extinction in a well-developed social context, we will at least be able to do the best of which we are capable, and the investigation of the possibility for becoming better than ourselves should be the purpose of this Workshop. http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en/events/2017/extinction.html

February 9, 2017: During Lent, a “carbon fast” can honour God’s creation: The carbon fast campaigns are designed so that, over Lent, people can take small steps to reduce carbon dioxide output with the hope of helping the environment and bringing the world one step closer to a sustainable existence. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/during-lent-a-201ccarbon-fast201d-can-honor-god2019s-creation

February 7, 2017: Church appoints new social, ecological justice staffer. The Anglican Church of Canada’s newly named lead animator of public witness for social and ecological justice says he’s looking forward to supporting the church’s social and environmental work on a local level. http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-appoints-new-social-ecological-justice-staffer

November 28, 2016:Francis deplores politicians’ ‘distraction’ in fighting climate change: Two weeks away from the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Paris agreement to combat climate change, Pope Francis has denounced what he calls the “distraction” of politicians in implementing this and similar covenants. https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/11/28/francis-deplores-politicians-distraction-fighting-climate-change/

November 16, 2016: At next world’s fair, Vatican to promote ‘energy for the common good’. Ahead of the next international exposition, to be held in Kazakhstan during the summer of 2017, the Vatican announced Wednesday its participation under the theme “Energy for the Common Good: Caring for our Common Home.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/at-next-worlds-fair-vatican-to-promote-energy-for-the-common-good-59749/

November 16, 2016: Joint ecumenical and interfaith letter to Canadian delegates at COP22 climate change meeting. The joint letter conveys prayers and support for the Canadian participants at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7-18, 2016. http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/statements-a-letters/4620-joint-ecumenical-and-interfaith-letter-to-canadian-delegates-at-cop22-climate-change-meeting

November 17, 2016: Ecumenical Patriarch: Survival of God’s creation is at stake. “What price are we prepared to pay for profit? Or how many lives are we willing to sacrifice for material or financial gain? And at what cost would we forfeit or forestall the survival of God’s creation? It is our humble, yet bold prayer that all parties at the COP22 will recognize and respond to the high stakes involved in climate change.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/ecumenical-patriarch-survival-of-god2019s-creation-is-at-stake

November 15, 2016: Pope Calls for Action on Climate Change, Free From Political and Economic Pressures: “Says There’s No Time to Waste; Poor Are Especially Depending on It.” https://zenit.org/articles/pope-calls-for-action-on-climate-change-free-from-political-and-economic-pressures/

October 10, 2016: WCC climate change group plans advocacy strategy: Rev. Dr Olav Fkyse Tveit, WCC general secretary, emphasized the importance of facing climate justice issues with spiritual commitment and multidisciplinary collaborative preparedness. “Christians should look at climate change challenges through the lens of faith and hope in God’s love”, he reflected. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-climate-change-group-plans-advocacy-strategy

September 28, 2016: “Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7-18, 2016, will be the first meeting of the Parties since the Paris Agreement.” The following opportunities and priorities are emphasized:  http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en/events/2016/cop22/final_statement.html

August 11, 2016: “A dialogue guide for Laudato Si’ on care for our common home”: It includes key quotations from the encyclical, examines its content and offers questions for group discussions in order to foster a deeper commitment to the care of creation as well as to the environment and ecology. http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/announcements/4539-a-dialogue-guide-for-laudato-si-on-care-for-our-common-home

June 13-17, 2016: Laudato Si’ Online Conference: During Laudato Si’ Week, prominent speakers from different backgrounds will dialogue about the crisis affecting our common home and will reflect on the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message on occasion of its first anniversary. http://laudatosiweek.org/index.php/onlineconference/

May 2, 2016: The President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, opened an international seminar titled “Sustainable development and the future of work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy”: – he said – “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” https://zenit.org/articles/cardinal-turkson-we-face-1-crisis-with-2-facets-social-and-environmental/

April 22, 2016: People’s Climate Plan: Speak up for Climate Action: The federal government will put forward a new climate strategy for Canada by the end of 2016. In preparation, members of Parliament are being asked to host public consultations this spring. http://www.united-church.ca/news/peoples-climate-plan-speak-climate-action

April 22, 2016: WCC advocates for food security. The Paris agreement will be signed by more than 150 countries at a United Nations ceremony in New York on Earth Day, or 22 April. The agreement is a step in the right direction toward food security, said representatives from the WCC-EAA, because it offers a continued opportunity to advocate for just and sustainable food systems. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/on-earth-day-churches-reflect-on-201cfood-faith-and-el-nino201d

April 15, 2016: Sustainable Finance and Care in the light of Laudato Si’: The Conference has been preceded, on April 14th, by a meeting of European experts called upon to finalize the text of the draft “Declaration of Rome”, the 2016-2021 agenda and the basic document. http://www.justpax.va/content/giustiziaepace/en/archivio/interventions/2016/sustainable-finance-and-care-in-the-light-of-laudato-si—-15-ap.html

April 7, 2016: Conference calls for ecological reformation of Christianity: “An ecological reformation of Christianity is a matter of repentance, conversion and renewal for all Christian traditions,” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/conference-calls-for-ecological-reformation-of-christianity

February 25, 2016: Care of Creation as a Work of Mercy: Villanova University, Philadelphia: The lecture, a Lenten reflection within the Jubilee Year of Mercy, was given to bear witness to the Gospel and encourage spiritual deepening… based on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato si’, was to promote the Social Teaching of the Church and explored the contemporary question of how to live our faith in the world. http://www.justpax.va/content/giustiziaepace/en/archivio/interventions/2016/care-of-creation-as-a-work-of-mercy–villanova-university–phila.html

February 17, 2016: Laudato si’ and Catholics, Capitalism and Climate Molloy College, Rockville Center, Long Island NY: Cardinal Turkson’s keynote, The Inspiration of Laudato si’, with a discussion to follow, was moderated by James Martin S.J. (AMERICA magazine) with three panelists on the issues of Catholics, Capitalism and Climate. http://www.justpax.va/content/giustiziaepace/en/archivio/interventions/2016/laudato-si_-and-catholics–capitalism-and-climate–molloy-colleg.html

January 16, 2016: Paris Climate Agreement a Bold First Step: The United Church of Canada added its voice to those celebrating the global climate deal recently reached in Paris where nearly 200 countries agreed on new measures to limit global warming as a source of hope and action. http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/151216

January 15, 2016: The moral dimension of climate change – and of courage to address it: Implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change sharpened discussion of the 2015 papal encyclical Laudato Si’ at a UN conference initiated by the Holy See and several permanent missions to the UN on 15 January in Geneva. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/the-moral-dimension-of-climate-change2014and-of-courage-to-address-it

January 17, 2016: “New docu-series brings Laudato Si’ teachings to life” by Michael Swan, Catholic Register.Org. about Salt & Light Television’s 6 part series entitled Creation :   http://saltandlighttv.org/creation/

January 6, 2016: Cardinal Turkson on moral challenges to business and society: The conference was entitled The Future of the Corporation: From Best in the World to Best for the World and concluded Thursday. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-turkson-s-address-on-moral-challenges-to-business-and-society

December 16, 2015: Paris Climate Agreement a Bold First Step. The United Church sent a three-person delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in France. As head of the delegation, former Moderator Mardi Tindal expressed deep satisfaction with worldwide consensus. http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/151216

December 6, 2015: Pope Prays for COP21 Saying Fighting Poverty and Curbing Climate Change Go Together: He asked for prayer that the Holy Spirit will enlighten all who are called to make these important decisions and give them “the courage to always use as their criterion of choice the greater good of the human family.” http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-prays-for-cop21-saying-fighting-poverty-and-curbing-climate-change-go-together

November 30, 2015: Pope’s Secretary of State Addresses Opening Day of COP21: “He went on to list the three pillars of this “global and transformational” agreement. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-secretary-of-state-addresses-opening-day-of-cop21

November 10, 2015: Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change: I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I assure you of our prayers and our earnest hope to be able to collaborate with you and with all the Government of Canada. Link to the letter (PDF)

November 24, 2015: Meet Our COP21 Delegates: “The United Church’s New Creed calls us “to live with respect in Creation.” We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change.” http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/151124

November 15, 2015: COP21: WCC reaffirms commitment to address climate change: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/cop21-wcc-reaffirms-commitment-to-address-climate-change

November 13, 2015: Appeals on climate change prepare way for Paris World Conference: “Preparing the way for the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change to  take place in Paris, November 30 to December 11, 2015, several initiatives and statements have been made public by Church leaders and various groups working in partnership with the Bishops.” http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/4335-appeals-on-climate-change-prepare-way-for-paris-world-conference

November 5, 2015: Take Action for Climate Justice at COP21: The United Church is sending three delegates to COP21. Take part in our Take Action to send them with a strong message! http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/151105

October 26, 2015: Bishops from around the world plead for climate change action: “The presidents of the U.S. and Canadian bishops’ conferences joined leaders of the regional bishops’ conferences of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Europe in signing an appeal for government leaders to reach a “fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement” at a summit in Paris.”  http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/bishops-from-around-the-world-plead-for-climate-change-action.cfm

October 2015: “Make a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint, and call on the [new]Prime Minister to make a commitment for Canada”: https://www.devp.org/en/education/fall2015/action

October 8, 2015: Churches address impact of climate change on indigenous peoples in the Arctic: “The Arctic is the epicentre of climate injustice,” said Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches (WCC) president for North America..” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/churches-address-impact-of-climate-change-on-indigenous-peoples-in-the-arctic  

October 2015: Voices Converging for Deep Change: Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada monthly news letter in pdf  October 2015 Newsletter (4) Srs. of St. Joseph  also visit their website @  http://www.csjcanada.org/

September 30, 2015: Rising tide: On caring for creation: “It is a theological and spiritual challenge for us now to face, immediately and urgently, concerning the way we have stewarded creation and the way we’re currently using it,” Gray said. “There, I think, is … growing distrust [in] neoliberal market economics as being able or willing to provide real solutions to real problems.” http://www.anglican.ca/news/rising-tide-on-caring-for-creation/30012488/

September 2015: Canadian faith leaders call for climate justice: “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out” https://www.councilofchurches.ca/faith-climate-justice/

23 September 2015: Care for environment is a moral duty, not a political football, bishop tells Americans: “After Pope Francis insisted at the White House that the present moment is “critical” for addressing the threat of climate change, one bishop implored Americans to recognize environmental stewardship as a moral imperative.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/care-for-environment-is-a-moral-duty-not-a-political-football-bishop-tells-americans-68761/

20 September 2015: D&P goes back to the basics: “Climate change has refocused the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s commitments in Africa and worldwide… The Catholic agency’s obligation to its partners is to campaign in Ottawa and among ordinary Canadian Catholics for solutions to the climate crisis, Gauthier said… The solution to Ethiopia’s problem with climate lies in Canada and other rich nations.” http://www.catholicregister.org/item/20899-d-p-goes-back-to-the-basics

11 September 2015: “Pope Francis said that ‘the issue of climate change is a matter of justice,’: September 11 audience with participants in a meetings sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development.” https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=26099

4 September 2015: WCC general secretary calls for climate justice both from the South and the North: “Climate changes can only be addressed in a fair and sustainable way if it is proper dynamic between the care for the environment and the need for more justice,” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/colombia-climate-justice-is-about-more-than-the-weather-says-wcc-general-secretary

1 September 2015: Create a Climate of Change: “It is time for us to take action as individuals, as communities, and as a country, for the survival of people in the Global South, and for the survival of our planet.” http://www.devp.org/en/education/fall2015

1 September 2015: International Divestment Conference was held in Paris, … where Rev. Henrik Grape represented the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a key speaker. “… if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage,” said Grape. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-at-international-divestment-conference-in-paris

28 August 2015: Statement from the Primate on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: People everywhere are becoming more and more urgently aware of the perilous state of much of creation, and our responsibility as stewards of the earth which we inhabit.” http://www.anglican.ca/news/statement-from-the-primate-on-the-world-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation/30012266/

24 August 2015: “Take Action Now for Climate Justice: The United Church, together with other churches and faiths in Canada and around the world, is deeply concerned about climate change. You and your community of faith are invited to find ways to participate in climate justice activities…” http://www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/takeaction/150706

20 August 2015: “Churches to pray for care of creation: Joined in prayer, Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical “Time for Creation” (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation of 1 September as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/churches-to-pray-for-care-of-creation

August 5, 2015: “The Archdiocesan Encyclical Walk: We will be reflecting on the state of the earth… our common home, as we walk through the Qu’Appelle valley.” http://www.archregina.sk.ca/news/2015/8/5/join-archdiocesan-encyclical-walk

June 24, 2015: “Environmental encyclical — local reaction: SASKATOON — Those working for environmental awareness and action in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon were among the people around the world welcoming Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, released June 18.” http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/15_06_24/dnews_15_06_24_2.html

July 21, 2015: “Pope: Encyclical Is More Than ‘Green’: In Meeting With Mayors, Calls Again for Human Ecology, Saying Problems of Man Cannot Be Separated From Total Vision” http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-encyclical-is-more-than-green

July 20, 2015:Philippine archbishop: Protecting environment benefits poorest nations: “ The president of the Philippine bishops’ conference called climate change a matter of social justice and said that caring for Earth should not just be a goal to benefit this generation but also future generations.” http://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/20613-philippine-archbishop-protecting-environment-benefits-poorest-nations

July 9, 2015: Canadian Christians join in call for action on climate change: “Canadian Christians concerned about climate change are calling for government action in response to the impact of global warming on the country’s coastlines and vast Arctic region.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/canadian-christians-join-in-call-for-action-on-climate-change

July 9, 2015: “Pope to activists: Defend the earth, demand economic reform: SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (CNS) — Meeting with an international gathering of grassroots activists, Pope Francis not only encouraged, but tried to add fuel to their fire for “standing up to an idolatrous (economic) system which excludes, debases and kills.” http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1502968.htm

July 8, 2015: “Laudato Si’ front and centre at Americas’ climate summit: California Governor Jerry Brown, in Toronto for the Climate Summit of the Americas, claims he is travelling with a copy of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ and “going through it carefully.” http://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/20549-laudato-si-front-and-centre-at-americas-climate-summit

July 1, 2015: Naomi Klein: “To change everything, we need everyone”: “According to the Canadian activist, the Pope’s encyclical is a courageous text that speaks to everyone. The author of “No logo” encourages people to read the “Laudato Si’” encyclical in full. An international conference on environment and development was presented in the Vatican today. It will be attended by the Vatican Secretary of State Parolin and the UN envoy Mary Robinson.” http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/francesco-ecologia-42120/

July 1, 2015: “Religious leaders meet French president to advocate for climate justice: A statement calling for a binding agreement on climate crisis, and a call for two degrees rise in temperature, the internationally-agreed target for limiting global warming, was presented to the French president Francois Hollande by representatives of the Conference of Religious Leaders of France (CRCF) on 1 July at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/religious-leaders-meet-french-president-to-advocate-for-climate-justice

2015: Twelve videos and study guides in preparation for Pope Francis’ coming encyclical on the environment have been prepared by the online resource Green Spirit Television: “Cultivating and Caring For Creation — How Catholics are leading and participating in a new commitment to respect and protect creation” http://www.greenspirittv.com/

June 19, 2015: “Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato si’ of Pope Francis is welcomed throughout Canada”: visit the linked Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) initial comments shared with the local media and the general public. http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/announcements/4221-encyclical-letter-laudato-siof-pope-francis-is-welcomed-throughout-canada-

June 19, 2015: “Church leaders see encyclical as opening new wave of climate action: Read the quotes from Catholic Conference leaders around the world, e.g. “It has always seemed like worrying about the environment distracted us from the option for the poor. However, caring for creation is integral. The environment and the quality of life of men and women go hand in hand.” http://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/20445-church-leaders-see-encyclical-as-opening-new-wave-of-climate-action

18 June 2015: “The World Council of Churches welcomed Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” …, which highlights what churches and ecumenical organizations have been doing for decades on caring for the earth and climate justice issues.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/laudato-si2019-enhances-churches-and-peoples2019-care-for-our-common-home

June 8, 2015: AEC – DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: This Declaration is in anticipation of the Papal Encyclical on Ecology expected later this year. We want to encourage you to read and study the Holy Father’s document in groups looking for concrete actions to become better stewards of creation. http://aecrc.org/wp/aec-declaration-on-climate-change-june-8-2015/

June 5, 2015: Humanity needs to tend the garden of creation, says WCC leader. “Humanity cannot ignore its responsibility for creation, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has stated in Stuttgart during the German Protestant Kirchentag.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/humanity-needs-to-tend-the-garden-of-creation-says-wcc-leader-1

June 4, 2015: Awaiting the Ecology Encyclical: Some Context. Father Thomas Rosica, English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office, offered today some clarification and context for Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical, as the Vatican announced its June 18 release date. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/awaiting-the-ecology-encyclical-some-context

May 20, 2015: Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no. Rome, Italy, May 20, 2015 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/is-economic-growth-the-enemy-of-saving-the-environment-these-catholics-say-no-75331/

May 20, 2015: Greenbacks and the green economy: Ecology is good business. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, the Dutch ambassador to the Holy See and co-sponsor of the conference May 20, described the meeting of business leaders, politicians and ambassadors as the last Vatican-sponsored conference on climate change before the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1502188.htm

May 19, 2015: Subsidized Green Building Audits available for parishes. Creation Matters, the environmental working group of the Anglican Church of Canada, has partnered with Greening Sacred Spaces to offer a program subsidizing “green building audits” for parishes. http://www.anglican.ca/news/subsidized-green-building-audits-available-for-parishes/3004471/

May 12, 2015: “Francis: There is food for everyone, God will judge the earth’s powerful: “One day” God will call “judge” the “powerful of this earth”, revealing “whether they really tried to provide Him with food through each and every person and whether they have taken action to prevent the environment from being destroyed.http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/francesco-francisco-francis-caritas-41044/

April 30, 2015: Seeking a soul mate: Scientists, leaders pin hopes on pope’s encyclical: U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon and some climate scientists are banking on Pope Francis to be a unifying moral force to get the world onboard in the fight against global warming. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1501872.htm

April 29, 2015: “US bishop links environmental justice with pro-life cause: clean air and environmental stewardship should be serious concerns within the pro-life movement.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/us-bishop-links-environmental-justice-with-pro-life-cause/

28 April 2015: A message of achieving human dignity, and the right to hope, in a world threatened by climate change was proclaimed on 28 April by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a meeting convened on climate change by the Vatican. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/at-vatican-wcc-general-secretary-highlights-201cright-to-hope201d-amidst-climate-change

Workshop, 28 April 2015The Pontifical Academy of Sciences “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity:  The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness and build a consensus that the values of sustainable development cohere with values of the leading religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable; to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”  http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en/events/2015/protectearth.html

April 22, 2015: As part of churches’ on-going struggles for climate justice, the campaign Act Now for Climate Justice was launched at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 April – Earth Day. http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/act-now-for-climate-justice-campaign-launched-on-earth-day

April 22, 2015: Pollination gardens embody stewardship of creation. Anglican churches throughout the Diocese of Huronhave planted pollination gardens to feed area bees as part of the Garden4Bees project. http://www.anglican.ca/news/pollination-gardens-embody-stewardship-of-creation/3004384/

April 22, 2015: Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment. What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity – the environment. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/why-no-catholic-is-exempt-from-caring-about-the-environment-17020/

April 17, 2015: Leaders in the Anglican Church of Canada have joined counterparts from other denominations in signing a letter that urges the Canadian government to establish a basis for pricing carbon dioxide emissions. http://www.anglican.ca/news/church-investors-sign-ecumenical-letter-calling-for-price-on-carbon/3004351/

April 16, 2015: “EARTH DAY 2015 Statement by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Anglican Church of Canada, and National Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Earth Day—observed annually on April 22…”  http://www.anglican.ca/news/

April 11, 2015: A series of faithful gatherings of concerned Christians in cities across Canada from April 13th to May 13th. Each evening, a public engagement forum will raise the profile of faith communities engaged on issues of climate justice and poverty. The schedule is provided @ https://www.councilofchurches.ca/about-us/cjp/justice-tour-2015/

01 April 2015: “Anglican and Reformed member churches of the World Council of Churches have taken significant new actions toward climate justice.” https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-member-churches-pursue-climate-justice

March 30, 2015: “In observance of Earth Day (April 22, 2015), the United Church invites you and your faith community to find ways to participate in climate justice activities.” http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/150330

March 19, 2015: “Ahead of World Water Day on 22 March, a number of Christian organizations are reflecting on the significance of water – a scarce resource threatened and denied to millions around the world.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/world-water-day-churches-reflect-on-the-significance-of-water

March 19, 2015: “CCCB President’s letter regarding the ethical and moral implications of projects involving the extractive industries in Latin America. The letter …is an expression of solidarity by all the Bishops in Canada with CELAM [Episcopal Council of Latin America]  in its appearance today, March 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C. before a tribunal of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the ethical and moral implications of projects involving the extractive industries in Latin America.” http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/statements-a-letters/4140-cccb-presidents-letter-regarding-the-ethical-and-moral-implications-of-projects-involving-the-extractive-industries-in-latin-america

11 March 2015: “WCC general secretary highlights “right to hope” in a panel on climate change and human rights. In a high level panel on Climate Change and Human Rights held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that despite all negative conditions “we have the right to hope” – not as a matter of passive waiting but as an active process towards justice and peace, in which human rights should play a key role.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-general-secretary-highlights-201cright-to-hope201d-in-a-panel-on-climate-change-and-human-rights

Since the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in 2013, the council has embarked on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, leading the EWN to delve deeper into its theological inspiration and motivation to engage in issues related to water justice. Therefore, in line with the previous year, the theme for the Seven Weeks for Water 2015 is “Towards Water Justice: A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”

The Global Catholic Climate Movement was launched in Manila January 14, 2015. [It] “is a first-of-its-kind international coalition of Catholics from many nations, continents, and walks of life. We are laity, religious, and clergy, theologians, scientists, and activists from Argentina, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia, the United States, and many other nations. We are united by our Catholic faith and our work in various roles and organizations on climate change issues.” http://catholicclimatemovement.global/

05 March 2015: “Christian authors address eco-theology, ethics and climate change. Publications focusing on eco-theology, ethics and climate change were presented by their authors in an event hosted by Globethics.net – a Geneva-based global ethics network in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC). The event was held on 3 March in Geneva, Switzerland.” http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/christian-authors-address-eco-theology-ethics-and-climate-change

March 5, 2015: “‘Integral ecology and the horizon of hope:  concern for the poor and for creation in the ministry of Pope Francis’, by Cardinal Turkson delivering the 2015 Trocaire Lenten Lecture.” http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2015/03/05/cardinal-peter-turkson-delivers-trocaire-2015-lenten-lecture-saint-patricks-pontifical-university-maynooth/

March 6, 2015: “The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the U.N. in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, says no one is exempt from the impact of climate change and we all have a moral duty to address this global concern.  Archbishop Tomasi’s comments came during an address to the U.N. on the issue of human rights and climate change.” http://www.catholicanada.com/2015/03/06/holy-see-un-envoy-climate-change-impacts-everyone/

 “Join the Interfaith Movement on Climate Change: The United Church of Canada supported national partners Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Churches in mobilizing Canadians across the country to join their voices in support of concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the September 2014 UN Climate Summit” @ http://www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/takeaction/140829

CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRAYER: “Our goal is for millions of people of faith and moral belief to SIGN and PRAY in their own tradition for the Paris 2015 UN Climate Summit to succeed where all past talks have failed. By signing you express your love and concern for all our children, for vulnerable people and our precious planet.” ourvoices.net suggests one simple and powerful way to make a difference in this climate crisis. See more at: http://ourvoices.net/index.html#sthash.g2wXp5DA.dpuf

Fasting For Action: fastfortheclimate.org/en. “Stand with thousands of others fasting for action on climate change. A growing movement of youth, environmentalists and people of faith are showing their strength of commitment by going without food once a month to call for world leaders to do more to solve the climate crisis… 365 Rolling Fast for the Climate seeks to send a message to governments that people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, expect a comprehensive, global climate action plan, which is due in Paris in 2015.” http://www.kairoscanada.org/home-page-feature-1/kairos-executive-director-joins-faith-leaders-in-yearlong-climate-fast-chain/

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