For Iowa Catholic business leader, faith is powerful motivation for climate action

By Brian Roewe
September 22, 2021

A Catholic business leader in Iowa who describes himself as a “tree-hugging Republican” believes faith can be a powerful motivation for business owners to make their operations greener, even if they don't completely buy into a national climate agenda.

Bob Rafferty is executive director of Iowa Business for Clean Energy, which encourages businesses to shrink their carbon footprints. Now he has teamed up with the Davenport Diocese in Eastern Iowa to raise awareness among local businesses about Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si', on Care for our Common Home” and the Vatican's Laudato Si' Action Platform, which aims to help all Catholics put the encyclical into practice.

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