We are commited to the
preservation and enhancement of our home planet Earth.
We welcome the Climate Encyclical, Laudato Si,
by Pope Francis,
which highlights the moral obligation we have to future generations to address climate change.
"Our urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. ..Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Here I want to recognize , encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world's poorest," (13)
A global problem
Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.
Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited." (25)
See some examples of the
causes and effects of climate change
(highlight and right click and follow the link)
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns