Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, says that climate change is real and mainly “a result of human activity.” The problem is urgent: “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.”
We must all change our day-to-day actions to live more sustainably: “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage, and responsibility. Solving climate change means protecting the planet and vulnerable people, and we must hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
Faith can guide us. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains—everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” The problems are big and urgent. But hope remains if we act in honesty and love. “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home…. Truly, much can be done!”
Join us in Austin on October 20th to hear Dan Misleh speak about Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, resources for learning and action from Catholic Climate Covenant, and ways that we can join together in common effort to care for our common home.
When: 7:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2015
This program is sponsored by TXIPL along with EnviroMedia, University Catholic Center, St. Edward’s University Campus Ministry, St. Edward's Office of Sustainability, St. Edward's School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN) of Austin. For more information, call 512-472-3903 or e-mail Yaira.
Ready to learn more and take action? These resources from Catholic Climate Covenant can help:
- Encyclical toolkit, from Catholic Climate Covenant and Interfaith Power and Light
- Take the St. Francis Pledge to pray, act, and advocate to solve climate change.
- Resources for Feast of St. Francis events.
"I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all." -Pope Francis
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