SSNDs to Participate in Climate Change March
Largest Climate March in History
School Sisters of Notre Dame, associates and colleagues will join thousands of people coming to New York from across the globe on Sunday to participate in what is being called “the largest climate march in history.”
The People’s Climate March is being held in advance of the September 23 United Nations Climate Summit to demand action on climate change. The march’s list of sponsors includes more than 1,000 labor unions, academic institutions, environmental groups and religious communities.
Attention to the Plight of the Planet
Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP, director of the SSND Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office for the Atlantic-Midwest Province, is coordinating SSND participation in the march to call global leaders’ attention to the plight of the planet.
“Earth and her many systems are suffering terrible violence because of our ignorance and excessive use of carbon causing toxins,” Sister Arlene said. “If it takes a massive march to draw attention to global warming and climate change – then let’s do it!
Earth and her beautiful community of life – flowers, trees, water systems, and air – are the first encounter most of us have with the Mystery of God. Earth is a revelation of God to us. For me, it is not only a matter of justice; it is a matter of Spirit. We must stop desecrating the presence of the Holy revealed to us in the community of life we call planet Earth.”
Responsibility to Care for Creation
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said in his online blog that it would be wonderful if there were a strong Catholic presence at the march, to indicate prayerful support of God’s creation.
“The world we live in, all of creation, is a gift from God and a great sign of His love for us,” Cardinal Dolan wrote. “Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has repeatedly stressed the responsibility we have been given by God to care for that creation.”
In addition to Sister Arlene, the SSND participants include Sisters Eileen Reilly, Patricia Murphy, Justine Nutz, Bernadette Ballasty, Jane Moran, Ann Scholz and Miriam Jansen, as well as Associate Daphne Queen and Carol Fay, a teacher at SSND-sponsored Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, N.J.