Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Gen 2:15
This year the Justice Office of the Society of African Missions has been focussing on the issue of Climate Change and Climate Justice both within the Church and in the wider world. Over the coming weeks we will publish further information for you to consider.
The publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si marks a radical change of emphasis in Catholic Social Teaching and spirituality that links care for creation with respect for human dignity in an “integral ecology.” On the world stage the UN Climate Summit taking place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th has, after years of ineffectual UN Climate Summits, been described as a “make or break” event and as the international community’s “last-chance saloon” to take concerted action on climate change.
The links below connect to resources prepared by the SMA Justice Office and to articles from other sources concerning what the Church has to say about Climate Justice and about what is happening in the run-up to the Paris Conference.
Before moving on to them you can act for Climate Justice right now by signing the Global Catholic Climate Movement Petition.
1 November has been designated as International Day of Prayer for Climate Justice. The SMA will mark this day with special prayers in all SMA Houses. We ask that you all join with us, from wherever you are, on this day to pray for the success of the Paris Summit. More information will be published shortly.
LINKS TO RESOURCES AND ARTICLES
SMA Make your Mark for Climate Justice Campaign Video
This is a short film produced by the SMA Justice Office on the Make Your Mark for Climate Justice Thumbprint Campaign. This aims at raising awareness of Climate Justice and encouraging an individual Christian Response to Climate Change. “Collectively our individual efforts, however small, can make a difference – we can make our mark on Climate Change.”
View the video by clicking here.
Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan. This article by Cindy Wooden of the Catholic News Service written before the publication of Laudato Si emphasises the link between care for creation and respect for human dignity – “We need to see – with the eyes of faith – the beauty of God’s saving plan, the link between the natural environment and the dignity of the human person.” – Pope Francis.
Read the article here.
A very brief summary prepared by the SMA Justice Office
A more extensive overview of the Encyclical can be found at the Vatican website [vatican.va]
The Path to Paris
The Irish Times is a member of the Climate Publishers Network, an unprecedented content-sharing partnership among 25 international news publishers on climate change stories ahead of the Paris conference. In addition to reports and analysis by our writers we will also feature articles from other members of the network. Extensive coverage of the issues involved. Two articles worth reading: Path to Paris [Irish Times] and Seven Hurdles Climate Deal 2015 [RoadtoParis.info]