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Georgetown cuts coal from its $1.5 billion endowment

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Georgetown University is cutting coal from its $1.5 billion endowment, after its board of directors passed a resolution Thursday to cease all current and future direct investments.

The decision came after a more than yearlong conversation at the Washington, D.C.-based university, one largely prompted by students concerned with connecting the school’s Jesuit roots with the issue of climate change. It is the second U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels in some capacity, after the University of Dayton made the move last June.

A papal statement on climate change could lead to greener Britain

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A third of British Catholics say they would consider “greening” their lifestyles should Pope Francis make an official statement on climate change.

The pledge came from a recent poll of 1,000 Catholics in England and Wales conducted by YouGov and CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The 33 percent who said they would opt for greener choices, such as recycling or driving less, would account for more than 1 million Catholics in Britain. 

Australia in July could be scene of Jesuit-led climate action

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The end of the second annual climate change conference at Loyola University Chicago began a transition to a new action phase extending beyond U.S. borders.

The conference, which ran March 19-21, saw the six participant upper Midwest Jesuit universities sharing curricular ideas and resources, with an eye toward developing the best educational practices and forming a strong collaborative force for sustainability and addressing environmental issues in the years ahead.  

Vatican declarations set vision for low-carbon climate solution

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Two strong statements on climate change came out of the Vatican last week.

At the close of a one-day conference April 28, scientists, world leaders and interfaith leaders issued a declaration, which in part stated “Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.”

It continued:

Vatican summit participants: Catholics, encyclical could make powerful impact on climate change

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The Vatican summit Tuesday on climate change and sustainable development brought together a mix of researchers and religious leaders “to help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development,” according to the event’s program.  

Loyola-Chicago climate conference discusses 'nuts and bolts' of fossil fuel divestment

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The second day of the three-day Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference began with a panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels.

The Friday morning panel, titled “The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment,” was chaired by Bruce Boyd, principal and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a company that works with foundations to improve planetary health and is now measuring global commitment to divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in alternative, clean energy sources. 

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