MELTING ICE, MENDING CREATION:
a Catholic Approach to Climate Change
Join tens of thousands of other Catholics who will learn about the dramatic evidence of climate change and explore Catholic teaching on climate change. This year’s Feast of St. Francis program: “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change.”
Our new Pope Francis has already both inspired us with his humility and challenged us with his words urging us to make care for Creation and care for the poor a significant part of our Catholic witness: Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!
~POPE FRANCIS, March 19, 2013
This year our Feast of St. Francis program highlights the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with viewing a “TED” talk by James Balog, the science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice, who documented some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
In their declaration, the PAS calls, on all people and nations to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses. Read the Report and the Summary (first 5 pages) of the report here.
• Understand more fully the reality of climate change;
• Be inspired by Catholic Church teaching about climate change and the call to respond;
• Deepen awareness that this call is to BOTH care of God’s gift of Creation AND care of those most impacted by environmental neglect, including climate change—namely, the poor and vulnerable
• Engage both personally and as a community in concrete ways that respond to the Catholic call to be better stewards of Creation and protectors of the vulnerable, by taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.
Build leadership for future efforts to integrate Catholic values of environmental stewardship and outreach to the poor.
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and receive Prayer Cards (part of the program).
EDUCATION KIT with DISCUSSION GUIDE
The Coalition offers a complete Educational Kit with Discussion Guide (for a 90 min. program in Parish, College, and Youth editions) to accompany your program along with all the resources you’ll need to promote it and encourage further engagement on these issues by your audience:
RESOURCES FOR PUBLICITY
LOCAL PUBLICITY : Each of these resources can be modified (editable Word docs) to fit your needs with blank spaces for suggested text inserts:
If you have any questions, please contact us.