EcoLinks 08.06.15
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EcoLinks 08.06.15

Senate Dems call for vote on pope’s climate statement
Devin Henry, The Hill

The lawmakers, led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), introduced a resolution on Wednesday stating that the Senate agrees with the pope’s June encyclical declaring climate change a man-made problem and calling on world leaders to take steps to fix it.

Thank you Pope Francis for talking about climate change
John Karnuth, People’s World

For climate change activists who were looking to shore up the three-legged stool of support for arguments supporting the science of climate change and hoping to shape policies to mitigate climate change impacts, it was an extremely pleasant surprise that a fourth leg was added to the climate change education and advocacy stool. Thank you Pope Francis!

Senate Dems call for vote on pope’s climate statement
Devin Henry, The Hill

A group of Senate Democrats wants to vote on Pope Francis’s climate change pronouncement.The lawmakers, led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), introduced a resolution on Wednesday stating that the Senate agrees with the pope’s June encyclical declaring climate change a man-made problem and calling on world leaders to take steps to fix it.

Papal encyclical to save Planet
Gideon Polya, Media With Conscience

Pope Francis’ landmark, faith- and science-informed Encyclical “ Laudato si” (“Praise be”) runs to over 190 pages and has 246 sections but the humane essence for a climate change-threatened world can be summarized by his extraordinary use of some key terms.

DIOCESE OF ORANGE AND SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH HOLD FIRST CONFERENCE REGARDING PAPAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Diocese of Orange County

The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange will join hundreds of concerned citizens, theologians and environmentalist at Christ Cathedral on August 8, 2015 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. for this first-of-its kind conference dedicated to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment entitled Laudato Si. This conference, co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, seeks to help the community understand the clarion call given by Pope Francis to halt the destruction of our cherished environment and the responsibility of the faithful to lead an unequaled effort to change the cultural of consumption that is destroying God’s creation and is already resulting in environmental calamity for the developing world.

How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in One of the Most Polluted Neighborhoods
Jasmine Aguilera, Yes! Magazine

After the June 18 release of “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and humanity’s responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change’s effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith.

Climate Pleas from Pope, President Fall Flat in Texas
Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune

Weeks after Pope Francis sparked an uproar by calling for decisive action to combat human-driven climate change, an official with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston urged a roomful of mostly white, affluent environmentalists here to forge partnerships with the people who live in communities directly affected by the warming trend — an indirect reference to the underprivileged.

Catholic Church Organisations Follow Pope’s Example on Climate Change
Environmental Technology Online

A union of 17 Catholic organisations around the world followed the example of Pope Francis by urging their followers to alter their lifestyles in order to lead more environmentally-friendly lives.

Archbishop urges Ohio leaders, citizens to put pope’s encyclical on environment into practice
Sidney Daily News

Wednesday in Cincinnati at St. Monica-St. George Parish, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr outlined how parishes and offices throughout the archdiocese are putting Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical on the environment and climate change into practice.

The presidential campaign turns green
Fermin Koop, Buenos Aires Herald

Presidential hopefuls Daniel Scioli, Mauricio Macri and Sergio Massa were likely at least pushed to take up an environmental agenda after Pope Francis released his landmark Laudato Si encyclical on climate change. Rallies were specifically organized to discuss the environment and many speeches focused on the issue.

Bruce Edward Walker

has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.