Updated: Catholics groups view decision as long overdue and affirmation of the power of grassroots organizing on behalf of creation and its inhabitants.
The Senate’s affirmative vote on the Keystone XL transnational pipeline Thursday came to the disappointment of numerous faith groups, who view the project as harmful to the environment and human health, both now and in the future.
In June, the United Nations officially deemed 2014 the beginning of a “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.”
The initiative, first announced in 2012, seeks to catalyze advocacy and action toward making universal access to renewable energy a global priority, at a time when 1.3 billion people lack electricity and 2.6 billion in developing countries use biomass in cooking and heating.
I rejoiced this week when President Barack Obama and Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced the new regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. It’s the first step, albeit a baby step, in seriously dealing with the impending disaster of climate change.