Eco Catholic: "We said it would take everyone to change everything -- and everyone showed up," one demonstrator said.
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.
Making a Difference: We need to quickly move toward and heavily invest in clean, safe and renewable alternative sources of energy, like wind, solar and geothermal.
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.
Eco Catholic: The odds are staggering that tweaking a law or two will do much beyond letting us feel uplifted because "I'm doing my part to go green."
We say: Humans have been driven to a point of decision by the consequences -- good and bad -- of two centuries of technological development.
Climate change represents an "ethical challenge to civilization," said the Vatican's lead representative to an international conference discussing the worldwide impact of climate change.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore told attendees at a church-run conference that the Vatican would help "form consciences and ethical perspectives" on climate change in line with Catholic social teaching and encourage "fairness, impartiality and mutual responsibility" when it came to action to address the environmental threat.