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Integral Ecology | Fri, Sep 8, 2017

Addressing Climate Change Without EPA

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the mission of which is to protect human health and the environment, takes the lead in addressing global climate change. President Nixon established the EPA with bipartisan support on December 2, 1970, in response to the public outcry over rivers catching on fire, thermal inversions of smog literally choking people to death, valleys filled with drums of spent chemicals, lakes dying from pollution, and fish that were inedible due to high levels of toxins. Read the rest of John J. O'Grady's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/08/31/addressing-climate-change-without-epa/.

Center of Concern | Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Statement on Charlottesville

We strongly condemn the terrorist thoughts, words, and actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will continue to walk in solidarity with all those who promote love, unity, and acceptance in our world. (Photo credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jul 12, 2017

For Generations To Come: The Questions That Bind

What are we?

What is the meaning of our lives?

What is our kindness? 

What is our righteousness? 

What is our liberation? 

What is our strength?

In the Jewish liturgical tradition, these are the questions we ask ourselves every morning at prayer.  It is with these questions that we not only begin our days, but the questions by which we shape our lives.

In reading and reflecting upon Pope Francis’s encyclical on integral ecology, Laudato Si’, the passage about what Pope Francis calls “justice between the generations” brought these core questions from my own inherited tradition to mind.  Pope Francis writes:

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? . . . .What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us? (Laudato Si’, 160)

How true that how we choose to answer these questions, whatever their source, becomes in aggregate the signature we leave as individuals during our short time on the earth.  How true all the more so that our answers to these questions as one human family leave an indelible inscription upon the earth in our generation and for all generations.

Read the rest of Rabbi Jennifer E. Krause's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/07/10/for-generations-to-come-the-questions-that-bind/.

Integral Ecology | Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Young People Demand Change

"Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded."

—Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13

I held this quote in my heart the first time I read it. I held it in my heart as I prepared to take on a new role as Youth Engagement Officer at Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency for the Catholic Church in that country. Since accepting this responsibility, I have travelled around Australia, and sometimes the world, as I shared the news of Laudato Si’ with young Catholics like myself. As a 16-year-old, I came to the environmental movement frustrated and heartbroken by the inability of adults to secure for my generation a safe climate future. At 21, I joined the team at Catholic Earthcare Australia, elated to find that Australia was the first country to have a church agency dedicated to care for creation. 

Read the rest of Terese Corkish's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/06/06/young-people-demand-change/.

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