WE WORK ACTIVELY, ESPECIALLY IN OUR LOCAL SITUATIONS, TO ELIMINATE THE ROOT CAUSES OF INJUSTICE IN ORDER TO REALIZE A WORLD OF PEACE, JUSTICE, AND LOVE.”YOU ARE SENT, CONSTITUTION OF THE SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME
Our SSND Shalom – Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation staff invite you to join them in their latest calls for action, which are listed below. Or, visit our Voter Voice page to participate in our must current advocacy campaigns calling on our legislators and government leaders.
APRIL 22, 2017
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH #MERCY2EARTH
#Mercy2Earth is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Show Mercy to our Common Home” message and put it into action. School Sisters of Notre Dame will join Catholics around the world on April 22-23 for this campaign, which is is timed to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.
Started in 1970, Earth Day is currently celebrated in 192 countries, making it the largest civic observance in the world. As Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si‘, we have a responsibility to “till and keep the garden of the world,” which implies a “relationship of mutual responsibility between human beings and nature.” Catholics are called to respect God’s creation and deal with environmental issues, particularly as they affect the poor. Vatican and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statements have highlighted the moral imperative for Catholics to care for God’s creation and its impact on those least able to respond.
Learn more about how you can celebrate Earth Day on April 22 or visit the following websites for information and resources which can be used personally or with community, parish or other groups: Catholic Climate Movement and Catholic Climate Covenant, Education for Earth Justice and #Mercy2Earth.
URGE U.S. TO MAINTAIN COMMITMENT TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
President-elect Donald Trump has said he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement – a commitment by 193 countries to solve the climate crisis. Catholic Climate Covenant has prepared a petition to be delivered to the president shortly after the inauguration that calls upon our next president to honor our international commitments and to act to solve the climate crisis. (Click here to learn more.) As Catholics, we recognize our responsibility to advocate on behalf of creation and the poor. Our advocacy is now more important than ever. Share this electronic link with friends and family, on social media, and in your parish bulletin. Use the paper version to collect signatures after Mass or during other church or school events. For more ideas about how to promote the petition download this toolkit.