Islamic leaders urge climate action in declaration
Soli Salgado, National Catholic Reporter
The declaration affirmed that “our responsibility as Muslims is to act according to the example of the Prophet Muhammad (God’s peace and blessings be upon him)” who cared for all living things, established protected areas for plants and wildlife, lived frugally, recycled his possessions by repairing or giving them away, and “took delight in the created world.”
The poor are ‘victims of climate change,’ says Myanmar’s cardinal
Catholic World News
Preaching at a Mass that preceded a climate-change seminar sponsored by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon called for action to counter climate change. “Evil is marching with glee, destroying human families, destroying God’s gift of nature,” he preached.
Cardinal Turkson: ecological crisis is the ‘gravest and most intractable of all’
Catholic World News
In a message of solidarity to the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, which took place on August 17 and 18 in Istanbul, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that “it is clear that we are living at a particularly turbulent and decisive moment in world history.”
Caritas Karachi plant one thousand trees against climate change
Shafique Khokar, AsiaNews
In line with Pope Francis’ “green” encyclical, the students of the parish of St. Jude have planted more than one thousand seeds of trees of various species, including the Neem, Peepal, Siris and Conocarpus species. The initiative is part of the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign 2015 launched by Caritas Karachi in collaboration with the Church and the support of the Karachi Social Forestry and Sindh Forest Department. The slogan this year is “Plant a tree to care for and save Creation”.
Why People of Faith Care About the Green Climate Fund
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Huffington Post
The tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati became the first country to declare that global warming is rendering its lands uninhabitable, asking for help in evacuating its population. Such a rise would be enough to put large portions of the country literally underwater. Saltwater intrusion into the water table threatens to leave a significant number of Kiribati’s 100,000 residents with nothing to drink, according to a recent report published by Scientific American.
Nigeria, “Laudato si’” a call to unity
Davide Maggiore, Vatican Insider
The local church has been involved for decades in denouncing the environmental and social damage produced by the irresponsible exploitation of resources. For the laity and religious, therefore, the publication of the encyclical “Laudato si’” by Pope Francis has represented a strengthening of this action. “It increases our moral authority in bearing witness to what is being done here in the Niger Delta, it gives us a different basis to talk about it,” says Father Edward. “The human ecology of which the Pontiff writes,” he continues, “directly connects what happens to the subsoil, the trees, and the water, to what happens to men who share this ecosystem with other creatures: by bringing together the two aspects the Pope is calling decision makers to assume their responsibilities in all these areas.”
In a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the Holy Father said he was acting on the suggestion of the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.