Eco Catholic: In 2012, wildfires burned 9.2 million acres in the U.S., and as a recent report says climate change caused the rise.
News flash. People got sufficiently fed up with the culture of insincerity, the lack of ping in the process and decided to attend the small and the quotidian.
Climate change was abated, and air and water returned to sweet and clear. Fewer sleeping pills were sold, fewer hernias happened and a drastic decrease in anxiety medications put big pharma out of business.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated with Pope Francis' reflections on World Environment Day.]
From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Portland, Ore., people across the world Wednesday are drawing attention to the annual loss of more than a billion tons of food from wasteful consumption.
The environmental group 350.org is urging municipalities, universities, pension funds, religious groups and individuals to divest themselves from stock in companies that mine fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas). The pollution from fossil fuels is, of course, a major contributor to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that contributes to climate change.
The moral premise for this campaign is simple: It's wrong to profit from ruining the planet.
When Ian Kim imagines the world his 7-year-old daughter will be living in 20 years from now, he says it keeps him up at night. Images of ever more frequent super storms like Sandy, along with rising seas, or drought and heat waves wreaking havoc with crops haunt his waking hours.
“It’s a huge worry for me,” said Kim, a self-described environmental and social justice activist. “On a scale of one to 10, it’s a 10.”
A documentary depicting the horrifying effects on islanders from nuclear testing conducted by the United States in the Pacific won a "Yellow Oscar" Sunday at the third annual International Uranium Film Festival.
The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care held its 15th annual prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, where representatives of numerous faiths came together to address the issue of climate change from their respective traditions.
Conventional wisdom seems to have concluded that the Obama administration has failed in its effort to promote clean energy through loans generated through its economic stimulus program. Michael Grunwald at Time.com provides an analysis of the far more encouraging movement in this area.
“Praise almost always seems to be inner health made audible.” — C.S. Lewis
The truth is I feel pretty helpless about the capital “E” environment. Thus, I spend a lot of time praising the small “e”’s, the environments that are left and constitute the places where I live, here and now.
As Milwaukee Franciscan Sr. Jose Hobday moved about the country presenting her retreats, the only items in her traveling wardrobe were two dresses and a sewing kit.
Hobday, who was part Seneca and Iroquois, called upon her Native American roots and its storytelling tradition to live simply and teach about prayer and spirituality. Simple living is "about choosing time for people and ideas and self-growth rather than for maintenance and guarding and possessing and cleaning," she wrote in her book, Simple Living.