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Environment Georgia on Pope's Encyclical

“We hope this call for bold action to stem the climate crisis will help rally public opinion in a way that politicians can no longer ignore.” --Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia

Today Pope Francis formally issued his much-anticipated encyclical, which casts action on climate as a moral obligation. The document addressed to "every living person on this planet" calls for steep reductions in global warming pollution. “The emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced," Pope Francis writes. "Technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay." Environment Georgia’s Director, Jennette Gayer issued the following statement in response:

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Overview of the Encyclical Laudato si'

Overview of the Encyclical Laudato si' - Photo Credit - VaticanThe following text offers an overview of the 191 pages of the Encyclical Laudato si' and its key points, along with a summary of each of its six chapters (“What is happening to our common home”, “The Gospel of Creation”, “The human roots of the ecological crisis”, “Integral ecology”, “Lines of approach and action”, and “Ecological education and spirituality”). The Encyclical concludes with an interreligious prayer for our earth and a Christian prayer for Creation.

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (160). This question is at the heart of Laudato si’ (May You be praised), the anticipated Encyclical on the care of the common home by Pope Francis. “This question does not have to do with the environment alone and in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal”. This leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and its values at the basis of social life: “What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?” “Unless we struggle with these deeper issues – says the Pope – I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results”-.

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Global Evangelicals Side with Pope’s Concern for Climate Change

The Lausanne Movement, representing evangelical Christians in almost 200 countries, announced its anticipation of, and gratitude for, the papal encyclical Laudato Sii on climate change and the environment due to be released Thursday by Pope Francis. “We evangelicals will be eagerly reading ‘over the shoulders,’ so to speak, of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to whom the letter is addressed,” said Ed Brown, director of the Creation Care Network within Lausanne. “While there are small marginal groups within evangelical Christianity who are often quoted in the press in opposition to climate change action, almost all major global evangelical bodies including the Lausanne Movement have declared their commitment to care for God’s creation and to serve the poor affected by climate change impacts.”

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Evangelicals Praise Papal Encyclical

Statement of Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network:

"We are grateful that the Pope has joined with over 300 evangelicals like Rick Warren, Rich Stearns, and Bill Hybels, and other Christian leaders who understand climate change as the greatest moral challenge of our time and the greatest opportunity for hope. It’s time to make hope happen by fueling the unstoppable clean energy transition, stopping the ideological battles, and working together. Creating a new energy economy that benefits all and addresses climate change is not about a political party but living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We urge all people of good will, especially fellow Christian conservatives to read and study these timely words from Pope Francis."

 

Are you thinking about the food your are serving your faith community?

Are you thinking about the food your are serving your faith community?Normally we don't think about the food we serve at our faith based institutions. After all we all deserve a treat right? But is your faith based institution's foods reflecting your creation care mission? Powdered doughnuts are yummy but the sugar in them can send toddler's into sugar overload and the chemicals used in the powdered sugar are linked to carcinogens. The food journey for your church is going to be a long journey. You can't switch it overnight but what about offering organic fruits alongside the doughnuts?

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