The following are online resources on environmental justice which may fit your individual, small group or parish needs.
This PDF from the St. Columban Mission Society of Australia explores the Catholic Lectionary to help us remember God’s seamless gift of Life in all Creation – people within the natural world. It offers four leaflets for the four Sundays of September, based on an exploration of the Sunday Lectionary and the gifts of forests, land, wilderness and water, to help us hear the voice of earth as a voice of God. Linking the insights of ecology with Scripture deepens our appreciation of the way God acts in our lives.
Produced by Kairos Canada, this three-hour workshop helps groups identify local ecological justice issues, connect those with Indigenous rights struggles and see how they are part of a larger context. It includes biblical and personal reflection, reflection on the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with other across Canada and around the world. Click on Watershed Discipleship Workshop to download the PDF.
A watershed is the geographical area that drains into a body of water. Watersheds can be as small and in your local community or they can be as large as one-fifth of North America. Most importantly, they are almost all connected. Another meaning is metaphorical. A watershed moment is the point in time when everything comes together and we must act. Right now, we are at a watershed moment as we face the impacts of climate change. Watershed discipleship is a process of learning more about our place (our watershed) and the injustices that affect it, and committing ourselves to work towards right relationship in the watershed – with the Earth and all that is in it.
Organized by the Catholic Climate Covenant: “All across our country, Catholics are taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor and joining the Catholic Climate Covenant. The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. To join the Covenant, you commit to act on each of the five elements of the St. Francis Pledge (to pray, learn, assess, act and advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable).
Click on The St. Francis Pledge to find a planning guide for parishes and schools, bulletin insert, suggested prayers and liturgy, posters, sign-up form, petition and six-session learning program.
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.
In New York City, there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization in the form of the People’s Climate March on September 21. The common goals of the march are to build solidarity for a world with an economy that works for people and the planet, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
Even though no single meeting or summit will “solve climate change” and in many ways this moment will not even be about the summit, this moment is a space for inclusive community that values a just, safe, peaceful world. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.
As of July 20, there are more than 550 local, national, and international organizations participating. To learn more, follow People’s Climate March on Facebook, click on their Facebook invitation to let them know you are coming, and look on this list to find a group near you that can assist you will travel to New York. We hope you come!
A new website featuring interfaith perspectives on climate change, highlighting the upcoming Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, to be held in New York from 21 to 22 September, has recently gone online.
The website, www.interfaithclimate.org, developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Religions for Peace, intends to offer a variety of faith-based perspectives on climate while encouraging people to get involved in addressing climate change issues.
The site currently featuring the upcoming Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, will also focus in future on the interfaith voices in advance of the COPS 21 climate change meetings to be held in Paris in December, 2015.
In addition to information about the upcoming summit, the site also offers videos, documents and suggested ways to get involved.