More than 1 million people who took refuge in relief camps as unprecedented floods battered 12 of Kerala's 14 districts during July and August. At least 474 people died in the floods, most of them when the deluge was severest Aug. 15-20, says Fr. George Vettikattil, who heads the relief operations under the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. The floods affected more than 5.41 million people, he estimates, based on data from various jurisdictions.
From Where I Stand: To address climate change, nothing much can happen to the world around us until something happens within us that is beyond money and power, that seeks global harmony.
Three congregations, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, Adrian Dominican Sisters and Sisters of the Humility of Mary, are charting toward a sustainable tomorrow by establishing goals that reduce greenhouse emissions and focus on sustainable energy. The sisters are applying principles such as permaculture to all aspects of community life.
We all need to be part of the solutions addressing climate change, the greatest issue of our time. But every part of us needs to be part of the solutions. The answers do not lie only in technology or renewable energy or efficient cars — only part of the solution. The foundation to the solutions lies within a spiritual conversion that shifts and expands worldview, while deepening the roots of our soul view.
Contemplate This - Even in the face of such an alarming forecast based on factual data, there are still people who do not accept the reality of climate change. We must acknowledge that we are in service to the future generations of all species and to the planet. These realizations do not come from data alone.
Helping people to prepare for sudden climate-induced disasters is a daunting and slow process. One must address the deeper cause of vulnerabilities, such as situations of extreme poverty, hunger and lack of social protection.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether their religious freedom rights were violated by the construction and pending use of a natural gas pipeline through its land.
I am a member of the NGO Mining Working Group at the U.N., and can attest to the fact that we worked hard in advocating to be sure that the human right to water and sanitation was put into the 2030 agenda, and now we are working to be sure it is implemented!
Catholics who work on the climate change issue say the world has "a moral and ethical imperative to act," following the release of a major report that foresees a global climate crisis.
The 145-member Dominican Sisters of Hope and local officials in Westchester County, New York, announced Sept. 28 that slightly more than half of the sisters' 61-acre property along the Hudson River will be closed to further development, a move the congregation said "protects significant ecological resources."
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