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September 25, 2009
By Beth Griffin
The Boston Pilot

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) – Climate change is more than an environmental concern; it is an issue of justice that merits immediate attention by world leaders. This was the message delivered repeatedly by Catholic participants in the Sept. 22 U.N. Summit on Climate Change in New York.

September 22, 2009
United Nations

The wait-and-see attitude adopted by many countries with regard to action to address climate change was putting the process at risk and making it less and less easy to ensure a fair and just climate treaty offering something to the world, especially the poorest parts, René Grotenhuis, President of the CIDSE Network of Catholic Development Agencies...

September 20, 2009

Father Lombardi Comments on Pontiff’s Ecological Openness

VATICAN CITY - The environmental concern of Benedict XVI, often tagged the “Green Pope” in the media, is anchored in a religious and ethical vision of the world, according to a Vatican spokesman.

“Indeed, the pronouncements on the protection of the environment, on...

September 20, 2009
BBC News

Scotland’s leading Roman Catholic has warned the international community that “political wrangling” over climate change is putting the poor at risk.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s comments came ahead of high-level United Nations talks on tackling the issue.

He is heading up an international delegation of bishops and climate change experts in New...

Full title: “Hollywood joins politicians, artists and environmentalists in hard-hitting UN campaign to combat climate change”
September 18, 2009
Press Release

Nairobi - Climate change is here and threatens us all, say Hollywood actors, film directors, environmentalists and politicians in a new UN public service announcement series, launched today.

September 7, 2009
By Stephen Bates
The Guardian

The call by Lord May in his presidential address to the British Science Association festival today for religious groups to play a leading part in warning the world about climate change and encouraging their followers to help tackle global warming is encouraging as it strikes a more positive note from a scientist than is usually...

September 7, 2009
By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post

Two networks of faith-based humanitarian and development groups will be sending a delegation to this month’s high-level U.N. event on climate change to ask world leaders to give the highest political priority to a new climate deal.

September 3, 2009
By Clark Strand
The Washington Post

The Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) is the foundation of Christian moral teaching. But lately I’ve begun to wonder if that gold standard of ethical behavior really equips us for an age of global environmental concerns. Jesus teaches us to include other people in our prayers–even our enemies...

September 2, 2009

Geneva - The World Council of Churches on Wednesday called on its members to push their governments to agree to a deal at the December climate conference in Copenhagen that “drastically” reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The organization which represents churches with 550 million Christians as members “identifies the current...