We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace. It is imperative that we declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life—especially those who are poor and vulnerable— and to future generations. (adapted from the Earth Charter)
We commit to:
Acknowledge the reality of climate change and its impact on Earth’s ecosystems and the plant, animal and human lives that these systems sustain.
Educate ourselves and others on the interconnecting dynamics of climate change and all other justice issues.
Embrace the reality of our oneness with the whole of life, allow that deepening awareness to transform our prayer, our study, our preaching (ministry), and our common life.
Engage in dialogue with our legislators and business and corporate interest groups to move them toward actions that mitigate the effects of climate change.
Advocate for policy and legislative efforts to promote the use of alternative energy, cap and trade, energy efficiency, diminishing use of fossil fuels, and other issues that directly impact climate.
Care of the Earth on the Feast of St. Francis October 4, 2014