Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Obama’s Climate Change Plan and our Faith

July 2, 2013

  Elizabeth Nye

Elizabeth Nye

What a busy week it has been here in Washington! From landmark Supreme Court decisions, to rallies on Immigration Reform, to listening to the ambassador-at-large speak about household worker justice, it has definitely been a whirlwind.  Yet perhaps the most exciting event this week pertaining to my work here at the CCAO office, was the unveiling of President Obama’s plan on climate change. It is thrilling for environmental justice advocates to hear proactive statements from the Executive Office about global warming and our contribution to an ever-changing climate.

In Pope Benedict’s 2011 message for World Day of Peace he states, “Today the great gift of God’s Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it. Environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world…we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity.” As our leaders seek to address climate change, we must convey the message of its impact on the most vulnerable people and places in our world.  This issue is about a greener future, but it is also about our duty to care for creation and uphold the right to dignified life.