Five reasons why Catholics should care about COP26

At the end of this month, the 26th iteration of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties or COP26 will commence in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference, which lasts two weeks, starts on October 31 and ends on November 12. Brian Roewe of the National Catholic Reporter recently wrote an excellent article entitled “5 reasonsContinue reading “Five reasons why Catholics should care about COP26”

Season of Creation Wrap Up

With the celebration of the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4, the Season of Creation has come to a close. I think I can safely say that this years’ Season of Creation was our biggest and best so far. We started with a reflection on the Season of Creation that IContinue reading “Season of Creation Wrap Up”

Season of Creation Week 5: Educate Yourself and Talk about Climate Change!

We are in the fifth week of the Season of Creation. Last week the theme was “Ditch the Plastic”; this week the theme is “Educate yourself on climate change and then start talking about it.” Climate change fundamentally starts with science. And you’d be best served by getting climate change science from: need I sayContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 5: Educate Yourself and Talk about Climate Change!”

Season of Creation

September marks the end of summer and back to school. September also marks the start of the Season of Creation. September 1st is also the World Day of Prayer for Creation as Pope Francis has proclaimed: Each year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’, the first day of September is celebrated byContinue reading “Season of Creation”

A Reality Check from the IPCC

Created by the UN and the Meteorological Organization in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC was created to provide the world’s policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change. Last week, the IPCC released its Sixth Assessment Report.  Some highlights of the report include: It is unequivocal that human influence has warmedContinue reading “A Reality Check from the IPCC”

Lessons at 100

Today’s Laudato Si in Action is the 100th article in this series that I began in May of 2019. Most I have penned, but a few were contributed by my wife, Suzanna, as well as our friend, Luke Henkel.  From my first article: In this column, my goal is very simple: to share with youContinue reading “Lessons at 100”

Sustainable Energy is Possible; Let’s Help Make it Happen

When it comes to climate change, it’s not all bad news. An article published by back in April  ( and cited in Forbes magazine states that: Solar and wind are inexhaustible sources of energy, unlike coal, oil and gas, and at current growth rates will push fossil fuels out of the electricity sector byContinue reading “Sustainable Energy is Possible; Let’s Help Make it Happen”

Letter to Seattle Archbishop Etienne

To mark Earth Day this year, our Saint Francis of Assisi Ministry along with the Creation Care Network of Catholic parishes and institutions in Western Washington welcomes all members of the Archdiocese of Seattle to join us in asking Archbishop Etienne to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis. Please read the Creation CareContinue reading “Letter to Seattle Archbishop Etienne”

Are you Idling on Climate Action?

How often do you idle your car’s engine? That is, sit in your car before departing and run the engine to warm the car up in the winter, or perhaps to cool down the car in the summer. Or perhaps you sit in your car after you’ve arrived and take a few minutes to catchContinue reading “Are you Idling on Climate Action?”

Fast from Silence

The Global Catholic Climate Movement ( has released its Lenten Calendar 2021 that is focused on concrete actions we can take each week to improve the planet as well as ourselves.  Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. During this time of fasting and renewal, we willContinue reading “Fast from Silence”