Support for ecological and moral emergency sought

The ecological and moral emergency of climate change needs urgent help.  A call to action to address the emergency while there “is still time” has been issued.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, as well as other faith leaders and scientists, made a press statement about the emergency last week.

They timed their statement to go out on the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’.

The encyclical Laudato Si’ translated as Care for Our Common Home.

Climate change affects all aspects of “our shared lives and requires us to work together to protect our common home,” the press statement says.

“As a community of scientists, we see greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation causing dangerous changes to the climate and threatening the stability of the planet.

“We are trained to simply report the facts, but now our findings compel us to public advocacy.

“As a community of faith leaders, we have worked together to alleviate poverty, to fight racial and social injustice, and to defend human life.

“All of these social goods are negatively impacted by climate change which devastates the most vulnerable and jeopardises us all.”

The full document is posted on the website. The Centre is a Falmouth-based climate change think-tank.

Supporters can sign the group’s appeal on the Centre’s website. So far it has collected 500 signatures.

The statement says: “Motivated by the climate crisis, we come together as people of scientific competence and people of faith because continued inaction is both scientifically irrational and morally indefensible.”

We must all “do our utmost to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect our communities from the catastrophic impacts of climate change.”

It says this includes religion, science, business, labour, government, education, civic organisations, communities and individuals.

Lawmakers especially must address “the climate crisis with the boldness and urgency Woods Hole Research Center requires, with substantive and immediate action.

“We now have an opportunity and an obligation to be leaders in protecting our common home.

“We are called to be a beacon to the nation and the world. There is still time to take action, and that time is now.”


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