We did it!

Just after putting last week’s blog post to bed, I pulled up the New York Times on my phone to read that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin “in a Reversal, Agrees to Climate and Tax Package“. Like many, I had given up all hope that this year’s US Congress would pass any meaningful climate changeContinue reading “We did it!”

Sign the fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty

Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has expressed support for the fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty and announced last week that all new exploration and production of oil must be phased out to prevent global temperatures from rising to a “precipice.”  This is why over 250,000 individuals, including GretaContinue reading “Sign the fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty”

What I learned at high school

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Nathan Hale High School students as part of their Climate Day of Action. Hopefully, the students learned a few things from my talk, The Climate Crisis and the Four Levels of Action (you can view my presentation at tinyurl.com/cdoa-4levels), but what I want to write about todayContinue reading “What I learned at high school”

Climate Action Now!

Most people think that contacting their representatives regarding climate change and pending legislation is too hard. A while back, I wrote about a web page I created to make it easier at how-to-contact-your-leaders. While this is still a handy resource page for contacting your elected leaders, an offshoot of the Climate Reality Project recently createdContinue reading “Climate Action Now!”

Experiencing an Ecological Conversion

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis, invites to experience an ecological conversion: We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart…it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works…It also entails a loving awareness thatContinue reading “Experiencing an Ecological Conversion”

No guilt, no action

I think it’s an understatement to say that modern society is constantly telling us to stop feeling guilty. It’s not your fault. Turn off the outside world. Take care of yourself.  But perhaps this advice is not always right. A team at the University of Washington recently published an article about guilt in the JournalContinue reading “No guilt, no action”

Greta Thunberg

It’s difficult to point to a single global leader on the climate. Al Gore, former vice president of the US was one of the early climate leaders and continues to lead on the climate. Catholics (and quite a few non-Catholics, I might add), look to Pope Francis for leadership on the climate, especially due toContinue reading “Greta Thunberg”

Throwing stones at ourselves

In a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the authors attribute 38% of all heat-related deaths in the 732 locations in 43 countries studied between 1991 and 2018 to climate change. And this increase in deaths was seen on every continent. This is yet more evidence that the human tollContinue reading “Throwing stones at ourselves”

Earth Day 2021

Last Thursday was the fifty-first Earth Day. Pope Francis was invited to speak at two Earth Day events; the international climate summit hosted by President Biden and the Earth Day Live event organized by the Earth Day Network. In both presentations, the Holy Father urged world leaders to act to create “a just, equitable, environmentallyContinue reading “Earth Day 2021”

Earth Day NW Seattle Neighborhood Cleanup

Please join the Saint Francis of Assisi ministry at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Seattle in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 24 and helping to clean up our neighborhood. We will gather in the school parking lot near the North school entrance at 9am, departing at 9:15 for the target of ourContinue reading “Earth Day NW Seattle Neighborhood Cleanup”