“The world’s rising temperatures don’t just cause glaciers to melt, coral reefs to bleach and forests to burn, but can also tip a person from mentally healthy to mentally ill. A growing body of research shows that climate change is taking a significant toll on mental health, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.” ... See MoreSee Less
Pope Francis: “Actions deemed acceptable in the past are a mortal sin now”
Respect for all life, the dignity of all, freedom to thrive and have a secure future, with well-being for all here now as well as future generations... “Commonalities are emerging,” GCCM writes in their most recent newsletter.
In the Global Catholic Climate Movement people are thinking about how it can come together as a “movement of movements” to create the u-turn we need, a regenerative future and an economy “in service to life and an environment where all can flourish.”
The Global Catholic Climate Movement are already connecting multiple efforts, including the Leading for Well-Being Consortium, Association for Sustainability and Prosperity, Regenerative Future, the Club of Rome and multiple alliances with a commitment to the common good.
GCCM writes: “We are all interconnected and our success depends on that. We are responsible for each other, and we can enable and lead a transition to a finer future, 100% renewables and a society and economy that works for 100% of humanity.
At GCCM we know we must bend the curve of carbon emissions by 2020 and that our global community of 1.2 billion Catholics has a critical role to play in accelerating climate action.
Pope Francis calls for us to think of ourselves as one world with a common plan. He says: “I encourage you to continue building networks so that local churches respond with determination” and urged us to embrace “the radical change which present circumstances require” (Laudato Si, page 161).
“The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now” (Laudato Si, page 171).”
Salvation, Francis explained, has a great and a long history during which the Lord “guided his people in good and in bad moments, in times of freedom and of slavery,” in a journey “populated by saints and by sinners on the road towards fullness, towards the encounter with the Lord.”
While Australian politicians in Labor and the LNP fool around with Adani, exposing the nation to yet more disastrous climate change, India gets on with a cleaner future.
"India is in a big hurry to green its energy system to create jobs, improve the quality of life for its citizens, clean the air and water and, yes, tackle climate change, its leaders say. Keep in mind this is a country with 1.3 billion people, nearly 300 million of whom do not have access to electricity and where the average income is $1,600 a year.
Now mainly powered by coal, India is adding 50 percent more solar and wind than the U.S. currently has installed. It is replacing 770 million street and household lights with energy-saving and long-lasting LEDs and bringing electric access for the first time to tens of thousands of poor rural villages. And India is already doing all of this faster than anyone believed possible." ... See MoreSee Less