In his address to the United Nations, Pope Francis focused on a variety of issues, but paid special attention to the ecological crisis. He stated, “The ecological crisis along, with the large-scale destruction of biodiversity, can threaten the very existence of the human species.” As with his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis linked the interdependence of humanity with nature (which he frequently referred to as “Creation”). As he put it, “Any harm done to the environment is harm done to humanity.” The harm caused to the environment, as well as to humanity, is a symptom of a “Culture of Waste”, another theme found in Laudato Si stated as a “Throwaway Culture.”
Noticeably absent, Pope Francis did not mention the term “climate change” or “global warming”. But his reference to Laudato Si, which heavily speaks about environmental degradation including climate change, is a nod towards the issue.
This is a guest excerpt from Oxfam America, based on a post co-authored by Heather Coleman, Climate Change Policy Manager at Oxfam America, and Vicky Rateau, GROW Campaign Manager at Oxfam America. The original post can be viewed here. The following post contains a few omissions from the original post as well as some additions by SACE [...]
This is a guest post by Ted Glick, who has devoted 42 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. The original post can be viewed here. Just in time, hopefully, the leader the world needs on the climate crisis has stepped forward: Pope Francis. What other person known worldwide, with an international following [...]
Last night, the Knoxville City Council approved a resolution in support of federal action on climate change, the promotion of clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution. The Climate Knoxville network developed and proposed the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Mark Campen and Daniel Brown and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis. The resolution’s [...]
Hmm, what do jeans, cocoa, beer and property management all have in common? I won’t make you guess. Companies from these industries support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
OK, I admit it; in our watchdog/clean energy advocate role, we at SACE are often critical of our regional utilities. Yet, we have and will continue to call out positive developments and give credit where credit is due for movement in the right direction. Here is a big shout out for the biggest public power [...]
This was originally presented on NRDC Switchboard in Devra Wang’s Blog, 8-Jul-13, reposted with permission by NRDC. ——- California’s 40 years of remarkable success in using energy efficiency to avoid dirty power generation and save utility customers billions, as detailed in a new NRDC fact sheet released [8-July-13], offers valuable lessons to help meet President Obama’s groundbreaking climate [...]
This blog was co-authored by SACE Coastal Climate and Energy Coordinator, Chris Carnevale. “There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.” – President Obama, June 22, 2013 At Georgetown University [...]
“I refuse to condemn…future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.“ President Obama, June 25, 2013 President Obama’s speech today was a welcome outline of the additional actions this administration will take to reduce the impacts of human induced climate disruption. I also heard in today’s message from the president his desire as a father [...]