Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Introducing Angie Garvey, CCAO Environmental Justice Intern

March 7, 2014

  Angie Garvey

Intern, Angie Garvey

Hometown: Germantown
Major: Government & Spanish Language
What I am Most Looking Forward to: developing a better understanding of what it means to care for God’s creation

When I look to apply the Catholic Social Teaching, I look first to others, not to my surroundings. The fundamental tenants of my faith dictate that one must have a strong relationship between God and his fellow humans to lead a just and holy life.

However, God’s creation goes far beyond the human race. It encompasses everything that we see and experience and everything else that is beyond our power to perceive. It is from this vantage point that I come to understand my role in promoting environmental justice.

As a part of God’s creation, I am called to be a steward of not just myself but of all that God has made good. Catholic Social Teaching goes so far as to dictate this as a requirement of our faith. It is not enough to simply care for oneself or others; it is vital to care for God’s earth as a whole.

In a world that has been divided by borders, ethnicities, and cultures this seems like a daunting task. However, Catholic Social Teaching calls for solidarity. Despite any differences, Catholic faith teaches us that we are one human family. In an increasingly global world, we find neighbors in many more places than before.

I believe that to successfully promote environmental justice, we must embrace the issues it presents as a global community, not as individuals or nations. Climate change and environmental disasters do not recognize political borders. This is why we must work together, work as a family. God has given the earth to us as a gift to be shared with all creation. God has called on us to respect creation and we must answer this call.