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Faith leaders testify in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan

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More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases.

The plan was proposed June 2 and is designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of the White House's Climate Action Plan. The plan aims to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

In addition to the public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, the EPA held similar meetings this week in Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

Faith communities are dumping their fossil fuel investments

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Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

"The warning in Scripture that 'the wages of sin is death' could not be more literally true than it is in the case of fossil fuels," said Serene Jones, president of New York's Union Theological Seminary, whose board voted in June to divest its $108.4 million endowment from fossil fuel companies.

Preview: 'Excuse me, excuse me - you are not listening to me'

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I learn so much from my sister, Carol. She teaches me about being in the moment and listening. Carol, who was born with Down syndrome, has limited communication skills. If she is in a group and feels left out and "can't get a word in edgeways," as my mother used to say, she taps me on the shoulder and says, "Excuse me, excuse me. You are not listening to me."

In the last few weeks, there were a number of times when people and events relating to the environment tapped me on the shoulder insistently with "Excuse me, excuse me. You are not listening to me."

Francis: Caring for the earth a thank-you note to God

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Recycling an aluminum can. Planting new trees. Flipping off the light switch. All can act as thank-you notes to God.

So said Pope Francis, who delivered that message Wednesday during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square before more than 50,000 people.

“Custody of creation is custody of God’s gift to us and it is also a way of saying thank you to God. I am the master of creation but to carry it forward I will never destroy your gift,” he said.

Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change

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World leaders and policymakers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.

"As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told members of the World Health Assembly on Wednesday in Geneva.

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