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”

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”

Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For week four of my resolution series, our last, I want to focus on talking about and advocating for change. As I have mentioned before in this column, climate activist Will Grant encourages us to act for change on four levels: (1) individual, (2) family and friends,Continue reading “Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change”

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”

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”

Our Moral Imperative

Pope Francis begins his TED Coundown talk with: The world is shaken by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlights another global challenge: the socio-environmental crisis. And this requires us, all of us, to face a choice. The choice between what matters, and what doesn’t. Let me repeat that: the choice between whatContinue reading “Our Moral Imperative”

Working for Environmental Justice

In the first chapter of Laudato Si, Pope Francis addresses global inequality: The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on theContinue reading “Working for Environmental Justice”