Ecology and Environment

Project Description

The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change is sponsoring a unique, timely and much-needed initiative, A Catholic Climate Covenant and the St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation and the Poor. The MSJC Steering Committee has signed on to the project, and we are asking individual Marianists, vowed and lay communities, and institutions to discern their own Covenant and outline ways to protect creation and the most vulnerable members of the human family. The Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) is developing a series of educational and prayer resources and opportunities to assist the entire Marianist Family reduce our carbon footprint, to amplify our voice and to share our stories.

This ambitious project is in response to a growing desire by the Catholic community to respond, in faith, to climate change. It will also be a demonstration of a common Catholic commitment to care for God’s creation and to stand with the poor and vulnerable people in our nation and around the world who face the impacts of a changing climate. At the center of the Covenant will be The St. Francis Pledge calling Catholic individuals, groups and institutions to make a serious commitment to all of the following:

PRAY

reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable

LEARN

about and educate others on the moral dimensions of climate change

ASSESS

our participation-as individuals and organizations-in contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation)

ACT

to change our choices and behaviors contributing to climate change and;

ADVOCATE

Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable

Sign the St. Francis Pledge Here.

WHO’S UNDER YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT? Watch the video here.

WHY DOES THE CHURCH CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
As the US Bishops expressed in Global Climate Change, their 2001 pastoral statement, this issue “is about the future of creation and the one human family.” To help address contemporary questions such as climate change, Catholics can rely on a long tradition of social teaching. Read more here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Ways to conserve God’s creation through actions at the personal, family and parish level.