September 10

Reflection

At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of
God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both the human environment’ and the natural environment. To embrace our role as stewards of God’s creation, we must employ restraint and moderation in the use of material goods, so we do not allow our desire to possess more material things to overtake our concern
for the basic needs of people and the environment. In fulfilling these duties, we promote a focus on authentic development, encouraging the economic and spiritual advancement of the poorest people on earth as a means to living out our Catholic faith.
USCCB, Global Climate Change

Prayer

We thank you, Creator God, grace us with a sense of our responsibilities.

Action

Where in my living do I need to employ restraint and moderation? As Election Day approaches have I taken time to learn the candidates stands on the environment?
Are you planning to participate in or support The people’s Climate march on September 21st?

Suggested Reading

At its core, the environmental crisis is a moral challenge. It calls (on) us to
examine how we use and share the good of the Earth, what we pass on to future generations and how we live in harmony with God’s creation.
Renewing the Face of the Earth, USCCB

Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family
Pope Benedict XVI

The seriousness of ecological degradation lays bare the depth of man’s moral crisis… Simplicity, moderation, and discipline as well as the spirit of sacrifice must become a part of everyday life.
John Paul II

Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.
Pope Francis

The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.
Gaylord Nelson

If we go on using the Earth uncaringly and without replenishing it, then we are just greedy consumers.
Satish Kumar

The supreme reality of our time is …the vulnerability of our planet.
John F. Kennedy

The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done — challenging us to a realization of a new humanity.
Jean Houston

Global warming is not just the greatest environmental challenge facing our planet — it is one of our greatest challenges of any kind.
Barack Obama

As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions.
Al Gore

 

On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
Kofi Annan

 

The biggest barrier to dealing with climate change is us: our own attachment to habits that are hard to shift, and our great ability to park or ignore uncomfortable choices.
Geoff Mulgan

 

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