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Title: Catholic Climate Covenant


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Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Name of host organization (parish, etc.)
  • Date
  • Name of Catholic Climate Ambassador

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • At its core, global climate change is not about
    economic theory or political platforms, nor about
    partisan advantage or interest group pressures.
    It is about the future of Gods creation and the
    one human family.
  • Global Climate Change
  • A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common
    Good
  • 2001

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Care for Gods Creation- Biblical
  • The LORD God then took the man and settled him
    in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for
    it.
  • Genesis 215
  • The land shall not be sold in perpetuity for
    the land is mine, and you are but aliens who have
    become my tenants. Therefore, in every part of
    the country that you occupy, you must permit the
    land to be redeemed.
  • Leviticus 2523

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Care for Gods Creation-
St. Francis of Assisi
  • Praised be my Lord for our mother the Earth,
    which sustains us and keeps us.
  • St. Francis Canticle of the Sun
  • Francis reminds us that the wisdom and
    benevolence of the Creator is expressed through
    Creation. He understood nature as a language in
    which God speaks to us, in which reality becomes
    clear, and we can speak of God and with God.
  • Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Francis of Assisi
  • General Audience, 27 January 2010

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Care for Gods Creation-
Modern
  • Humanitys dominion over inanimate and other
    living beings granted by the Creator is not
    absolute it is limited by concern for the
    quality of life of our neighbor, including
    generations to come it requires a religious
    respect for the integrity of creation."
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2415

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Care for Gods Creation-
Modern
  • Care for Creation is not a new component of
    Catholic identity. It is as old as Genesis, and
    is woven into the very fabric of Catholic
    mission.
  • Dan Misleh
  • Executive Director, Catholic Coalition on Climate
    Change
  • "Stewardship implies that we must both care for
    creation according to standards that are not of
    our own making and at the same time be
    resourceful in finding ways to make the earth
    flourish."
  • USCCB
  • Renewing the Earth, 1991, p. 6

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Care for Gods Creation-
Modern
  • I wish to repeat that the ecological crisis is a
    moral issue. (emphasis in original)
  • Pope John Paul II
  • 1990 World Day of Peace Message, No. 15
  • Preservation of the environment, promotion of
    sustainable development and particular attention
    to climate change are matters of grave concern
    for the entire human family.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the
    Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
  • on the Occasion of the Seventh Symposium of the
    Religion,
  • Science and the Environment Movement (2007)

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Care for Gods Creation- The Human Environment
and the Natural Environment
  • Today, indeed, there is a growing awareness that
    humanity and the environment are more
    inseparable than ever.  The environment
    essentially conditions our life and
    development, while humanity, in our turn,
    perfects and ennobles our environment through
    our presence, work, and contemplation.
  • Pope Paul VI
  • A Hospitable Earth for Future Generations
  • Message to the Stockholm Conference on Human
    Environment
  • June 1, 1972

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Care for Gods Creation- The Human Environment
and the Natural Environment
  • In nature, the believer recognizes the wonderful
    result of God's creative activity, which we may
    use responsibly to satisfy our legitimate needs,
    material or otherwise, while respecting the
    intrinsic balance of creation.
  • If this vision is lost, we end up either
    considering nature an untouchable taboo or, on
    the contrary, abusing it. Neither attitude is
    consonant with the Christian vision of nature as
    the fruit of God's creation.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate, No. 48
  • 2009

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Care for Gods Creation- The Human Environment
and the Natural Environment
  • We cannot interfere in one area of the
    ecosystem without paying due attention both to
    the consequences of such interference in other
    areas and to the well-being of future
    generations. (emphasis in original)
  • Pope John Paul II
  • 1990 World Day of Peace Message, No. 6

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Care for Gods Creation- Life and Dignity of the
Human Person
  • Our tradition calls us to protect the life and
    dignity of the human person, and it is
    increasingly clear that this task cannot be
    separated from the care and defense of all of
    creation.
  • USCCB
  • Renewing the Earth An Invitation to Reflection
    and Action on the Environment in Light of
    Catholic Social Teaching, 1991

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Care for Gods Creation- Life and Dignity of the
Human Person
  • If you have people who will exclude any of
    God's creatures from the shelter of compassion
    and pity, you will have people who will deal
    likewise with their fellow humanity.
  • St. Francis of Assisi

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Care for Gods Creation- Life and Dignity of the
Human Person
  • How can we separate, or even set at odds, the
    protection of the environment and the protection
    of human life, including the life of the unborn?
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2010 Address to the Diplomatic Corps
  • The way humanity treats the environment
    influences the way it treats itself, and vice
    versa.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Papal Encyclical Caritas in Veritate,
  • No. 51 (2009)

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Pope Benedict XVI
  • The environment is God's gift to everyone, and
    in our use of it we have a responsibility towards
    the poor, towards future generations and towards
    humanity as a whole.
  • Encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate, No. 48
  • 2009

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http//www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/whatis.htm
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Predicted Impacts of Climate Change
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Anthropogenic Climate Change
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    (NASA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration (NOAA)
  • U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. National Academies of Science
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Academia Brasiliera de Ciências (Brazil)
  • Royal Society of Canada
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Académie des Sciences (France)
  • Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
    (Germany)
  • Indian National Science Academy (India)
  • Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy)
  • Science Council of Japan
  • Royal Society (UK)

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • We accept the consensus findings of so many
    scientists and the conclusions of the
    Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    as a basis for continued research and prudent
    action.
  • Global Climate Change
  • A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common
    Good
  • 2001

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Pope Benedict XVI
  • Can we remain indifferent before the problems
    associated with such realities as climate change,
    desertification, the deterioration and loss of
    productivity in vast agricultural areas, the
    pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of
    biodiversity, the increase of natural
    catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial
    and tropical regions?
  • Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of
    environmental refugees, people who are forced
    by the degradation of their natural habitat to
    forsake it and often their possessions as well
    in order to face the dangers and uncertainties
    of forced displacement?
  • 2010 World Day of Peace Message, No. 4

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Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
(USCCB) http//www.usccb.org/sdwp/projects/socialt
eaching/excerpt.shtml
  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for Gods Creation

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Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
(USCCB)
  • Many people recognize that the issue of climate
    change relates to the seventh theme, Care for
    Gods Creation . . .
  • But it is also true that other principles of
    Catholic Social Teaching can help inform our
    consciences and actions as we face the question
    of climate change.
  • Catholic Social Teaching and Climate Change
  • Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
  • 2010

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Key Principles Guiding US Catholic Bishops
Approach to Climate Change
  • Prudence
  • Poverty
  • The Common Good

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Prudence
  • A thoughtful, deliberate, and reasoned basis
    for taking or avoiding action to achieve a moral
    good.
  • The virtue of prudence is paramount in
    addressing climate change.
  • USCCB
  • Global Climate Change
  • A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common
    Good
  • 2001

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Prudence
  • "In facing climate change, what we already know
    requires a response it cannot be easily
    dismissed.
  • Significant levels of scientific consensus- even
    in a situation with less than full certainty,
    where the consequences of not acting are serious-
    justifies, indeed can obligate, our taking
    action intended to avert potential dangers.

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Prudence
  • "In other words, if enough evidence indicates
    that the present course of action could
    jeopardize humankind's well-being, prudence
    dictates taking mitigating or preventative
    action. (emphasis added)
  • USCCB
  • Global Climate Change
  • A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common
    Good
  • 2001

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Poverty
  • The effects of climate changeincreasingly
    limited access to water, reduced crop yields,
    more widespread disease, increased frequency and
    intensity of natural disasters, and conflict over
    declining resourcesare making the lives of the
    worlds poorest people even more precarious.
  • USCCB Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholics Confront Global Poverty

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Poverty
  • People living in povertyboth at home and
    abroadcontribute least to climate change but
    they are likely to suffer its worst consequences
    with few resources to adapt and respond.
  • USCCB Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholics Confront Global Poverty
  • This great inequality between polluters and
    victims makes anthropogenic climate change into a
    fundamental problem of global justice. (emphasis
    added)
  • The German Bishops
  • Climate Change A Focal Point of Global,
    Intergenerational and Ecological Justice- An
    Expert Report on the Challenge of Global Climate
    Change (published in 2006, updated in 2007)

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The Common Good
  • Every person has a fundamental right to life
    and a right to those things required for human
    decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties
    and responsibilities--to one another, to our
    families, and to the larger society.
  • USCCB
  • Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

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The Common Good
  • Global climate is by its very nature a part of
    the planetary commons. The earth's atmosphere
    encompasses all people, creatures, and habitats.
  • Responses to global climate change should
    reflect our interdependence and common
    responsibility for the future of our planet.
  • USCCB
  • Global Climate Change
  • A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common
    Good
  • 2001

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The Common Good
  • A greater sense of intergenerational solidarity
    is urgently needed. Future generations cannot be
    saddled with the cost of our use of common
    environmental resources.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2010 World Day of Peace Message, No. 8

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The Common Good
  • The Church has a responsibility towards creation
    and she must assert this responsibility in the
    public sphere. (emphasis in original)
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate
  • No. 51 (2009)
  • In a word, concern for the environment calls for
    a broad global vision of the world a responsible
    common effort to move beyond approaches based on
    selfish nationalistic interests towards a vision
    constantly open to the needs of all peoples.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2010 World Day of Peace Message, No. 11

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The Common Good
  • As the U.S. Congress considers climate
    legislation, Catholics Confront Global Poverty
    invites Catholics to advocate for policies that
    reduce the impact of climate change on people
    living in poverty. Well-designed climate change
    policies can help both reduce the severity of
    climate change and protect the most vulnerable
    by
  • Assist poor and adversely affected communities
    in adapting to and easing the effects of global
    climate change . . .
  • Ensure that the most useful technology is
    promptly made available to people in the most
    vulnerable developing countries . . .
    (adaptation mitigation)
  • Promote the participation of local communities
    in programs for adapting to climate change and
    easing its effects.
  • USCCB Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholics Confront Global Poverty

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The Common Good
  • I wish to reflect today upon the relationship
    between the Creator and ourselves as guardians of
    his creation. In so doing I also wish to offer my
    support to leaders of governments and
    international agencies who soon will meet at the
    United Nations to discuss the urgent issue of
    climate change.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Message to UN Climate Change Conference 2009

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The Common Good
  • For this reason I share the growing concern
    caused by economic and political resistance to
    combatting the degradation of the environment.
    This problem was evident even recently, during
    the XV Session of the Conference of the States
    Parties to the United Nations Framework
    Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen
    from 7 to 18 December last.
  • I trust that in the course of this year, first
    in Bonn and later in Mexico City, it will be
    possible to reach an agreement for effectively
    dealing with this question. The issue is all the
    more important in that the very future of some
    nations is at stake, particularly some island
    states.
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2010 Message to the Diplomatic Corps

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Pope Benedict XVI
  • The environment is God's gift to everyone, and
    in our use of it we have a responsibility towards
    the poor, towards future generations and towards
    humanity as a whole.
  • Encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate, No. 48
  • 2009
  • Preservation of the environment, promotion of
    sustainable development and particular attention
    to climate change are matters of grave concern
    for the entire human family.
  • Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the
    Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the
    Occasion of the Seventh Symposium of the
    Religion, Science and the Environment Movement
    (2007)

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Video
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The Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Individual, family, school, parish, arch/diocese
  • 25 Catholic Partners
  • The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and
    the Poor

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The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and
the Poor
  • PRAY reflect about our duty to Creation and the
    poor
  • LEARN about Catholic teaching and climate change
    and educate others
  • ASSESS our contributions to the problem
  • ACT to change behaviors and choices
  • ADVOCATE on behalf of those without a voice

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The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and
the Poor
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    (USCCB)
  • USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human
    Development
  • USCCB Dept. of Migration and Refugee Services
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • National Catholic Rural Life Conference
  • Catholic Health Association of the U.S.A.
  • National Council of Catholic Women
  • Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • The Jesuit Conference
  • The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social
    Action Directors
  • National Association for Lay Ministry
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Catholic Campus Ministry Association
  • National Federation of Priests Councils
  • National Diaconate Institute for Continuing
    Education
  • National Organization for Continuing Education of
    Roman Catholic Clergy
  • U.S. Catholic Mission Association
  • Africa Faith and Justice Network

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Polling Shows Progress
Zogby International Poll 1,000 Catholics,
March/April 2009
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Polling Shows Progress
Zogby International Poll 1,000 Catholics,
March/April 2009
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What Others Are Doing
  • Ambrosio Family Little Falls, NJ
  • - Replaced gas mower with push mower
  • - Brita water instead of bottled
  • - Clothes line instead of dryer
  • - Lights and computers off when not needed
  • - Installed geothermal carbon footprint down
    70

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What Others Are Doing
  • John the Evangelist Kindergarten Naples, FL
  • - Gave copy of St. Francis Pledge to all
    students and students wrote own pledges
  • - Discussed Whos Under Your Carbon Footprint
    Video
  • - Gathered litter around the school as a
    service project

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What Others Are Doing
  • St. Clement Lancaster, WI
  • - 93 efficient boilers
  • - Insulated 18,000ft2 attic
  • - 20 of costs covered with energy grant
  • St. William Louisville, KY
  • - Solar Panels produce 30 of electrical needs
  • St. Matthias Redwood City, CA
  • - Focus group on citys Climate Action Plan
  • - 100 Mile Potluck

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What Others Are Doing
  • Nativity Church of Fargo Fargo, ND
  • Promoted the St. Francis Pledge on its website
    and advocated for commitments around the Feast of
    St. Francis (October 4)

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What Others Are Doing
  • Nativity Church of Fargo Fargo, ND
  • Promoted the St. Francis Pledge on its website
    and advocated for commitments around the Feast of
    St. Francis (October 4)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Whittier, CA
  • Organized a special observance of the Feast of
    St. Francis (October 4) by encouraging
    parishioners to take the St. Francis Pledge
  • More than 100 parishioners took the Pledge
  • See Resources page
  • (http//catholicclimatecovenant.org/resources)
  • for promotional materials, parish sign up sheets
    and more

Courtesy of Sr. Marjorie Guingona
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What Others Are Doing
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • In his letter, Cardinal Mahony asked
    parishioners to take the St. Francis Pledge,
    which urges Catholics to pray, learn, assess, act
    and advocate for the poor and vulnerable around
    the world by contributing to climate change by
    our own energy use, consumption, waste, et
    cetera.

http//www.the-tidings.com/2010/100110/sustainabil
ity.htm
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Available Resources
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, Monroe, MI
    This Is Your Home
  • New Jersey Catholic Coalition for Environmental
    Justice (NJCCEJ)
  • St. Francis Pledge Packet Archdiocese of
    Hartford

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Available Resources
  • USCCB Catholic Relief Services Catholics
    Confront Global Poverty
  • National Catholic Rural Life Conference Global
    Climate Change Response Study Guide
  • JustFaith Gods Creation Cries for Justice
    Climate Change Impact and Response

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Available Resources
  • Franciscan Action Network C4C
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
    Catholic Youth Care for Creaiton and the Poor
    (http//climate.nfcym.org)
  • Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Center for
    Ministry Development Five Session Youth Lesson
    Plan (April, 2011)

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What You Can Do
  • Join others by taking the St. Francis Pledge and
    registering your commitment at http//CatholicClim
    ateCovenant.org
  • See How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at
    http//CatholicClimateCovenant.org/resources/takin
    g-personal-action/
  • Encourage others (family, parish, school,
    arch/diocese) and promote the St. Francis Pledge
    (see Planning Guide for Promoting Taking the
    St. Francis Pledge at http//CatholicClimateCovena
    nt.org/resources)

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What You Can Do
  • Sign up to receive weekly Coalition emails at
    http//CatholicClimateCovenant.org
  • Connect on social networks
  • - Facebook http//www.facebook.com/catholicclim
    atecovenant
  • - Twitter _at_CatholicClimate
  • - MySpace Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Call or write the Catholic Coalition on Climate
    Change
  • - (301) 920-1442
  • - info_at_catholicsandclimatechange.org

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