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How can churches help build community for the climate movement?

By Dana R. Fisher

Much has been made of the efforts by climate activists on TikTok. But in order to succeed, the climate movement will have to build community, not only through social media, but through existing community-based institutions like churches and synagogues that are trusted by local people and have historically offered support for movements and activists.

02/08/24

In first for US church, San Diego Diocese divests from fossil fuels

By Brian Rowe

The San Diego Diocese has divested its financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry, the first Catholic diocese in the United States to make public such an economic move in response to Pope Francis’ repeated calls for an end to the era of fossil fuels in the face of climate change.

01/12/24

Chicago Archdiocese to power parishes, schools with 100% renewable energy

By Brian Roewe

The power of the wind will soon fully power the Catholic Church in the Windy City.

The Chicago Archdiocese announced Dec. 17 that beginning in January its nearly 400 parishes, schools, cemeteries and offices will switch to 100% renewable energy sources for its electricity needs.

12/21/23

COP28: ‘My religion inspires me to protect the environment’

By Tania Sangha

Many would agree that everyone has a responsibility to help limit future damage to the environment, but some people see it as more than that.

12/04/23

Faith-based Engagement at COP28

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) and religious leaders are an important presence at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties demonstrating that religious and spiritual communities are essential to the fight against climate change and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of the Paris Agreement.

12/04/23

Pope Francis Couldn’t Travel to the U.N. Climate Summit, but His Voice Did

By Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo

Pope Francis, who reluctantly canceled his trip to the annual United Nations climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, because of a lung infection, sought on Saturday to lend his voice to the world’s destitute facing the brunt of climate disruption.

12/02/23

No Inside, No Outside

By John Harvey Negru

Not too long ago, Pure Land Buddhist scholar Jeff Wilson suggested I would do well to profile the work of Kira Jade Cooper, an environmental scientist at the University of Waterloo who has developed an assessment model for evaluating the efficacy of inner-transformation techniques—such as mindfulness meditation—in the context of community and organizational development, and also beyond, in application of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

12/01/23

US bishops on COP28: Decarbonization is ‘preeminent environmental challenge’

By Brian Rowe

The U.S. bishops added their voice to calls for the United Nations climate summit to usher in a decisive and accelerated transition away from fossil fuels toward clean energy, describing decarbonization of global economies as “the preeminent environmental challenge faced by all nations.”

11/30/23

CAN CHURCHES LIFT UP CLIMATE RESILIENCE?

By Maylin Tu

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” declares Reverend Frank Jackson, Jr. on Google Meet with a spark in his eye, quoting the Psalms. An ordained minister, he is president of the auxiliary council at his church in Inglewood and heads Village Solutions Foundation, a faith-based community development corporation that connects Black churches and communities with green energy programs. He begins his emails with “God morning” or “God afternoon” instead of “good morning” or “good afternoon,” and for him, there is no conflict between his Christian faith and climate action. On the contrary, God and climate (specifically clean energy) are wholly aligned.

11/30/23

‘The biggest NGO in the world’: What role can religious leaders and faith groups play at COP28?

By Lottie Limb

In June 2015, months before world leaders met in Paris to agree on the strongest terms yet to tackle climate change, the Pope wrote a letter. Laudato Si (Praise Be To You), subtitled ‘on care for our common home’, was a rallying cry in the direction of the UN climate conference later that year.

11/29/23