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Pope’s Global Call for Solar Catholic Schools is Laudato Si’ in Action

Demonstrating the Catholic Church’s commitment to the environment, as embodied in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, top Vatican officials responded enthusiastically to dozens of catholic schools in Queensland, Australia going solar. All 31 schools in the Townsville Diocese have recently switched to solar power, resulting in annual electricity savings of $250,000. The resounding success of Australia’s […]

June 27th

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Seeing #FeeltheBern all day on Facebook and Twitter may give you heart-bern. But it’s hard not to like Bernie Sanders. His populist message taps into the anger many Americans feel toward our pay-to-play political structure. His call for universal health care and free college tuition is simply a call for Americans to be healthier, smarter, and more competitive […]

February 17th

Inhofe Says Science Deniers “Doing Lord’s Work”

It’s hard out there for a climate denier, especially in Paris this week. As public consciousness in even the most conservative countries — the United States, Australia, and Canada — has shifted toward debating action, people are less interested in debating science. But Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), isn’t ready to admit defeat just yet. Although he opted […]

December 9th

President Francois Hollande’s Spiritual Environmentalism

Climate change is a historic, global event threatening our safety, our food, our health, and our children. But the seriousness of the event often gets lost in decimal-point warming trends and sea-level rise predictions. Thankfully, this is something French President François Hollande has noticed and is beginning to remedy by tying activism to morality and religion. […]

December 2nd

Heading Into Paris: A Dozen Years in the Making

By: Allis Druffel As the international UN Climate Talks commence in Paris, there is great hope from multiple sectors for serious, long-term action. As a California Catholic involved in the faith/ecology nexus, it is fascinating to review the development of sustainability efforts in the last dozen years and how our state has become a leader […]

December 1st

California’s Interfaith Community Unites for the Climate

Last week California Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), celebrated 22 amazing California congregations and groups at its 9th annual Cool Climate Awards. It was my second year attending the event, and I was once again inspired by the ways the winners reduced their energy and water consumption, advocated for more climate action, and educated their communities. But this […]

November 16th

Buddhist Leaders Release Climate Change Statement

Less than a month before the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) is set to begin, UN delegates received another powerful climate change declaration from the global faith community. Signatories to the Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders warn, “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is […]

November 10th

Dalai Lama Says Climate Action Is Logical

Yesterday, the Dalai Lama released a video urging world leaders to take strong action at the UN climate talks starting on November 30 in Paris. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is one of growing number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, to call for immediate climate action. While acknowledging humanity’s great accomplishments in the fields […]

October 21st