When President Barack Obama announced to the world on Friday that he had rejected TransCanada’s application to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, there was surely no better place to be than at a conference of committed environmentalists. When the news broke, there was universal applause, glee and relief -- all rolled into one.
A contingent of business leaders, health care professionals, academics and environmental activists from around the country gathered here at the University of Dayton in early November to delve into the concept of divestment from fossil fuels.
Since the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, the conversation about how the church responds to the negative effects of climate change has become more and more prevalent.
The issue reverberates stronger in poorer neighborhoods, whose residents will likely feel first -- and hardest -- the effects of climate change: whether exacerbated asthma attacks due to poor air quality, or higher health risks from more frequent summer heat waves. In Chicago, that often means those suffering are disproportionately people of color.
Eco Catholic: The transition from fossil fuels urged by Pope Francis is already underway in Appalachia, Catholics in the region say..
Eco Catholic: The reality of life without coal has become a pressing issue overdue for real discussion, said a West Virginia priest.
Preview: A women religious group has occupied a special place in the Earth justice movement for decades, bridging social justice silos that operate as though progress were a zero-sum game.
Eco Catholic: Two surveys released this week each offered glimpses of the fabled “Francis effect,” in this case on the issue of climate change.
Updated: Catholics groups view decision as long overdue and affirmation of the power of grassroots organizing on behalf of creation and its inhabitants.
Eco Catholic: “It’s the alliance between science and religion and policy that’s going to save us,” said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, professor of atmospheric and climate sciences.
Eco Catholic: One of Pope Francis' cardinal advisors defended Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical on the environment as a new Rerum Novarum.