Thursday, August 6, 2015

Catholic Sisters Show Support for Climate Action and the Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday August 5, 2015 the Sisters of Mercy brought students to Capitol Hill to support the Clean Power Plan. Thirty students and staff from seven colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy met with legislators to urge support for the Clean Power Plan and other measures to address climate change.

The students, who along with the Sisters of Mercy are inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical letter. They prepared for those meetings at a panel discussion with Catholic and other faith justice leaders on Tuesday, August 4. The panel discussion focused on faith values surrounding climate change. What emerged from the discussion was a moral call to support the Clean Power Plan and the Green Climate Fund. They also wanted to advocate on behalf of communities of color in the US.

More than 1,000 Mercy sisters, lay associates, co-workers, volunteers, students and friends were invited to join the students in advocacy by contacting legislators via email to express support for the Clean Power Plan.

The Sisters of Mercy are working with the D.C.-based organization Catholic Climate Covenant, which is helping to raise the moral voice on climate change with bishops, sisters, and other Catholic leaders across the country.

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