Global Catholic Climate Movement May 2019 News

I’m so grateful to share Global Catholic Climate Movement’s news from May. At the top of the news, I’m amazed that 1.5 million people from all around the world took part in the global climate strikes on May 24.

This turnout included people at 100 Catholic events. It made my spirit glad to see young Catholics lead the struggle for climate justice under the banner of Laudato Si’ Generation as part of the strikes. As you’ll read below, Catholics are calling for change from the White House to Rome, from Nigeria to Ecuador–and the world is listening.

May 24 was also the four-year anniversary of Laudato Si’, and a time to reflect on the 11 years we have left to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s office on social and environmental concerns, said that the 1.5-degree limit is both “a physical [and] moral threshold,” our last chance “to save millions of the world’s poor.”

And as Cardinal Turkson points out, Catholic communities are taking action now. He recognizes the work of Laudato Si’ Generation, which urges us on as we

“put an end to the era of fossil fuels, echoing the appeals of bishops throughout the world.”

As Pope Francis has said,

“Truly, much can be done!”

I urge you to plan now for the next global climate strike, scheduled for September 20. More resources are available from Laudato Si’ Generation.

Meanwhile, I pray gratitude for the Spirit who leads us all, and for the gift of your being part of this network.

Yours in faith,
Tomás Insua
Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement

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