As Catholics, what is our responsibility to address climate change?


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(Unsplash/Markus Spiske)

An older Catholic, feeling guilty about climate change, writes in with a question. Amid news about advancing climate change, she has noticed more Catholic discussion about Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si'. But she hasn't heard much about whether our personal decisions that impact climate change are forms of sin.

"As Catholics, we're supposed to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who is willing to think and live in very different ways from his society," she writes. "Should I be doing more?"

Sister Maxine and Sister Shannon weigh in.

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Maxine Kollasch

Sr. Maxine Kollasch co-founded in A Nun’s Life Ministry, a vibrant online community where Catholic sisters engage with people worldwide around faith, vocation and finding joy in everyday life, in 2006. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan, and has master's degrees in theology and in advertising.

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