This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Catholic Climate Covenant program. The CCC is an agreement that can be made by anyone wanting to take a step in the fight against climate change while acknowledging its dire effects on the poor. The covenant is unique because it views climate change as a moral and spiritual calling on society. The disastrous environmental effects we have witnessed so far question our individual actions for the future on many different levels. How can we help those suffering, especially the poor, in the present and future?
The outline of the pledge consists of the following from catholicclimatecovenant.org:
PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
LEARN about and educate others on both the reality of climate change and its moral dimensions;
ASSESS your participation-as individuals and organizations-in contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation);
ACT to change your choices and behaviors contributing to climate change and;
ADVOCATE Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable
You can also visit the website to sign the pledge online.
By noting Saint Francis, who took on the life of the poor by stripping himself of selfishness, greed, and life of luxury, we can take on the challenges of climate change with a sense of hope, duty, and inspiration.