Environmental Justice

| June 1, 2010 Print
Water Climate Change
More than 1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water.

We see access to water as a fundamental human right, but too often water is turned into a commodity- reduced to an object to be bought and sold. Water is a worldwide symbol of life and of hope.

Without it, life would cease to exist. This is why the universal right to water should be protected. Read More

Climate change raises serious moral concerns about the distribution and use of earth’s finite resources.

When responding to climate change, we are guided by Catholic teaching on justice, stewardship and sustainability.

We are called to reevaluate our own lifestyles to better live in harmony with God’s creation. Read More

Genetically Modified Organisms Extractive Industries
Genetic engineering threatens the integrity of creation and produces negative effects on the small-scale farmers of the world.

It risks disastrous consequences in global biodiversity, general health and the increasing imbalance between the rich and the poor. Read More

Extractive industries, like mining, logging and drilling for oil can irreversibly damage communities and ecosystems.

Where regulations exist, they are often weak or unenforced, resulting in dangerous conditions. Furthermore, local communities rarely see benefits from these industries, because profits go to corporations or politicians.

Our faith drives us to find ecologically sound practices for resource management. Read More

Climate Migrants
An estimated 25 to 50 million people have been displaced due to environmental factors, and that number could reach 150 million by 2050.

These people are forced to move when desertification, melting glaciers, rising seas or extreme weather conditions interfere with their ability to make a living.

Wealthy countries are disproportionately guilty of actions which have changed our environment, but it is poor countries who are feeling the effects. Read More