Caring for Creation
In anticipation of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology, La Civiltà Cattolica, the periodical of the Jesuits in Rome, Italy has traced the thinking on ecology which the Popes have indicated in the last 50 years in its editorial, "Protecting the whole of creation: A service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out."
World Environment Day this year is celebrated on June 5. This year's theme, "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." highlights the reality that the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a coalition of religious leaders from various faiths, has written to the Prime Minister and to Members of Parliament on both sides of politics, calling for Australia to increase its target for reducing carbon emissions, reports the Archdiocese of Melbourne's Media and Communications Office.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement offers a collection of church teachings on ecology by previous Popes and other Catholic voices for reading and reflection prior to the publication of the papal encyclical on June/July 2015.
Catholic Earthcare's page on the upcoming papal ecological encyclical offers a layman's understanding of this much anticipated document, providing news updates and links surrounding its publication.
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences have jointly published a new document, "Climate Change and the Common Good" which sets out a statement of the problem and the need for transformative solutions.
Would you like to be able to animate meaningful action in your community to address climate change, but there are various hurdles and blocks? ARRCC is offering a Sydney workshop on 16 May 2015 to have you feeling more empowered and effective.