EarthBeat Weekly: Parish survey -- What are you doing to address climate change?

Help EarthBeat assemble a green database of best practices

Water bottles are set out for the taking at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul dining hall in downtown Phoenix June 4, 2016, when the temperature reached 115 degrees. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

by Bill Mitchell

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In a week when Australia is facing devastating fires intensified by climate change, you might wonder why we chose to highlight a new Burning Question feature about what parishes can do to reduce plastic waste.

The answer goes to the multiple goals we have for EarthBeat reflected in the tagline at the top of the EarthBeat homepage: Stories of climate crisis, faith and action.

With both articles and links from our Interfaith Climate Tracker, we're doing our best to keep you up to date on what’s happening with the Australian fires -- and what people of faith there are doing and saying about them.

Here at home, life as usual continues for the most part with frightening ordinariness when it comes to action not taken to address the climate crisis. Gas guzzlers jam the freewaysfood waste spews methane gas into the atmosphere; plastics pollute the oceans, streams and rivers.

But more and more people -- and more and more churches -- are doing something about all that. And part of our mission at EarthBeat is to document that action. We need your help to do it right.

At this link you’ll find a survey that will help us track what individual parishes are doing. It’s aimed primarily at Catholic churches, but we welcome submissions from congregations of any and all faiths. Once we’ve gathered sufficient information, we’ll find ways to distribute it that will help build a network for sharing best practices. 

So please take a moment and give us an update on what action your parish is taking on behalf of the care of our common home. 

Here’s some of what’s new on EarthBeat this week:

Here’s some climate-related coverage from other sources:

Upcoming event:

A Faith That Does Justice, a multi-faith group based in Boston, will explore "the effect of the environmental crisis on the poor and the vulnerable" from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 15 at the Courtyard Marriott on Tremont Street in Boston. The event will also be streamed live without charge. You can register here. And view other upcoming climate-related events here on our Events Calendar. 

Closing beat:

EarthBeat readers responded enthusiastically to both the Season of Creation Daily emails by Peter McLoughlin and the Advent Meditations with Laudato Si’ by Arthur Jones. Please let us know what sort of features you’d like to see on EarthBeat exploring the spirituality of care for our common home. 

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Bill Mitchell

NCR Climate Editor

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