Pope Francis encouraged greater attention to those whose health is affected by environmental degradation and pollution. Francis meets many sick people who have rare diseases doctors can't explain.
In the 1990s, Caritas organizations in Oceania were already warning the world about rising sea levels. Climate change has been an important issue for Caritas for a long time -- whether we’ve been sounding the alarm bells, dealing with climate emergencies or helping people adapt to weather extremes.
Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the United Nations climate change conference.
It's time, Sano believes, for world leaders to sign a binding agreement that helps reduce the impact of climate change.
From all the rich content of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” regarding theological and scriptural understandings of “Our Common Home,” one section has caught the attention of those living in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. In section 165, the pope turns to what needs to be done in light of climate change: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”
“You get these little spurts of indication of, yeah, as a matter of fact, new thoughts can exist down in the coalfields.”
Eco Catholic: "Certain things are sacrosanct, and a direct attack on coal is just not going to work in West Virginia."
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..