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Climate education, advocacy efforts abound in Ohio

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Ten years ago Marianist Sr. Leanne Jablonski experienced a “face to face” epiphany about the realities of climate change. She was teaching at Chaminade University of Honolulu, one of her religious community’s schools.

“We already knew the ice was melting,” recalled Jablonski, who holds a doctorate in global climate change and plant physiological ecology from McGill University in Montreal.

Faith leaders march for climate, call for fossil fuel divestment

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Last Sunday, I joined more than 300,000 people in New York City for possibly the largest demonstration for environmental causes in history, the People’s Climate March.

In addition to bringing together people from across classes, across races and across the globe, the event served as a great interfaith rallying point. Christian clergy, rabbis, imams and a variety of lay folks from many faith traditions boarded and walked beside a large replica of Noah’s Ark, which featured the words: “We are all Noah now.”

Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

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A sense of "shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family" must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, the Vatican's secretary of state told the United Nations Tuesday.

In a statement during the U.N. Climate Summit, Cardinal Pietro Parolin observed that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very serious problem which ... has grave consequences for the most vulnerable sectors of society and, clearly, for future generations."

When a ritual works: reflections on the People’s Climate March

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Religious folk are not so good at a lot of things, but we are experts at ritual. The Mass. The wedding. The baptism. The bar mitzvah. The funeral. The praise service.

At Sunday’s People’s Climate March, we multi-faith types joined the rest of the 300,000-plus people who love the earth enough to march it to create a ritual. When a ritual works, people feel something. They are changed. They come in the door one person and go out another.

Dolan endorses People’s Climate March

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It seems these days there’s nary a public procession through New York’s streets that Cardinal Timothy Dolan can’t get behind.

Nearly two weeks after he said he had no qualms with the decision to allow gay groups to participate in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade under their own banners, Dolan took to his blog Tuesday to promote the People’s Climate March, scheduled for Sunday morning.

Preview: Why I'm going to the People's Climate March

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I'm showing up. As a baby boomer from the United States. As a person of faith.

I am going to the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York.

The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That's why I'm going. It is not the terrorists, the immigrants, or people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth's viability. It's the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.

The power of buzz and the People's Climate March

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While sitting around waiting for that time when all waste will become energy, I was delighted to discover that the Galapagos Islands is tracking toward achieving its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

At that point the islands, a territory of Ecuador with 30,000 inhabitants, will be even with themselves, producing what energy they need through renewable sources. They are already close and will likely arrive at their destination on time.

Solar program to power up Stockton, Calif., diocese

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Collection baskets, fish fries and charity auctions are common ways Catholics financially support their parishes. In Stockton, Calif., they can now add solar power to the list.

On Saturday, the Stockton diocese officially launched a new project aimed at spreading solar energy in the community, while at the same time reducing electricity bills and raising funds for the local church.

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