'Creation'

Catholic Climate Covenant Toolkit

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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Catholic Climate Covenant has provided us with a tool that only takes ten minutes, and can help us better take care of our Earth:

Take a few minutes to calculate your carbon footprint. This will give you a good understanding of your individual/family ecological impact. Then, you may wish to consider buying carbon offsets, especially to offset air travel.  There are many sites where you can purchase carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint.  A couple of sites are here and here.

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Ecological Examen

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference produced an Ecological Examen as a tool for prayer, reflection and action for individuals in their home, parish, school, university or community to deepen our call to care for creation and the most vulnerable. Go to link above to download or order prayer cards, and one-pager, booklet. The Ecological Examen makes a wonderful reflection piece for Creation Care Team (CCT) meetings. Below is an example of one of the Ecological Examens. (Go to website for best quality graphic)

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Court Rules on Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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A federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue operating while we wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its environmental review.

It’s been over a year since we first filed our lawsuit against the Corps and asked it to simply acknowledge and address the threat this pipeline poses to the people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Although the Court has agreed with us that the Corps violated key environmental laws, the threat from the pipeline persists.

The pipeline has already experienced three separate leaks since President Trump directed the Corps to move forward with the project despite widespread opposition. A major spill or a slow leak in the Missouri would be a catastrophe for the people of Standing Rock and the millions of others that rely on the river.

This decision is a disappointing continuation of a historic pattern: other people take all the profits while tribes face all the risk and harm. The court already found that the Corps violated the law when it issued the permits for the pipeline without thoroughly considering the impact on the people of Standing Rock. The company should not be allowed to continue operating the pipeline while the Corps studies that threat.

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National Wildlife Federation’s Sacred Grounds Certification Program

Posted on 13. Oct, 2017 by .

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A wonderful opportunity for parishes, schools, and religious communities is available from national Wildlife Federation. Sacred Grounds™ is a wildlife habitat certification process for congregations, houses of worship, and faith communities, providing an opportunity to link faith and caring for the environment. The program provides an opportunity to receive recognition for undertaking wildlife habitat and land/water stewardship in connection with faith practices. This connection occurs in 3 primary ways:

  • A commitment from leadership to integrate habitat stewardship into religious activities.
  • Educating and engaging the congregation.
  • Connecting these practices to the greater community.

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Catholic Energies looks to help church organizations go green

Posted on 13. Oct, 2017 by .

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From Catholic Climate Covenant:

Amidst the trauma in Las Vegas and as we join the prayers of a nation in mourning for the hundreds of victims, I write tepidly today about a new beginning for Catholic Climate Covenant on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis.

We launch our facilities program, Catholic Energies, with a promise of something new and with an exciting vision: To make the U.S. Catholic Church the most energy efficient religious organization in the world and, in this way, rise to meet the challenges outlined in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, and be a witness to the communities in which we minister.

Beginning with energy efficiency and conservation and expanding to renewable energy and green energy purchasing as well as folding in our educational programs, we believe this program will become a true starting point for living Laudato Si’ at the local level. From individual parishes and schools to whole dioceses, and from hospitals to universities, Catholic Energies is structured in a way to meet energy conservation, renewable energy and educational demands of any size facility. Visit the website, listen to our webinar and read about the pilot project in this Catholic News Service piece or send an email to info@catholicenergies.org. Please wish us well in this exciting new venture.

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