Justice, Peace & Environment

News on Laudatio Si, NJPN, Christian environmental groups, initiatives such as Green Christian, peace movements such as Pax Christi & Christian CND, and statements on JPIC from the Pope, the Vatican, and dioceses.


UK: People of Faith support Global Climate Strike

Image: CAFOD

More than a million school students internationally have taken to the streets on Fridays during term time and during the holidays to demand politicians listen to their concerns about the climate emergency. Catholic school pupils in Britain have met with their MPs, inviting them into schools and travelling down to Parliament to lobby them. They are now inviting everyone to take to the streets in...

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Irish Bishops join Global Climate Strike

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ

Today, Friday 20 September, representatives of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference will take to the streets to stand in solidarity with young people at the Global Climate Strike.

Young people across Ireland, and the world, will lead the protest demanding action on climate change. This follows similar action in March involving 1.6 million people g...

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New report on eve of Rugby World Cup warns Pacific Islands face brutal climate onslaught

As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning of some of the richest countries, including Australia, the USA, hosts Japan and European nations.

This clim...

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Extinction Rebellion: Why I was drawn to it

I am an ordinary man, with a wife and teenage children, a practicing Roman Catholic, who for the last ten years has worked in academia as a researcher and lecturer. I am (I hope) well-respected in my field of research, my church and my community. In May of this year I joined Extinction Rebellion. In fact I then went on to found a new local group (which is growing in numbers every week), I have...

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Prayer vigils for Synod on Amazonia

Two vigil Masses have been organised in Britain on the eve of the Amazonian Synod in Rome to pray for its success. The organisers are CAFOD, Jesuits in Britain and the Columban Missionaries. All are welcome.

7pm Saturday 5 October

St Ignatius, Stamford Hill, 27 High Road, London N15 6ND.

7pm Sunday 6 October

Holy Name, 339 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG.

Co...

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Faith institutions are largest group in global divestment movement

A coalition of diverse and international faith institutions announced divestment from fossil fuels on 12 September and a new milestone was marked. Faith institutions constitute the greatest number of entities contributing to the global movement, with 150 Catholic institutions alone in the total of more than 1,100. Fossil fuel divestment now comes from institutions with $11 trillion in assets, u...

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Christian fined over climate change protest

Ruth (centre) with other campaigners

A Christian woman who took part in a climate change protest has been found guilty of knowingly failing to comply with Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986. Yesterday in court she was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £640 in costs.

Christian Climate Action member, Ruth Jarman (56) of Hampshire, pleaded not guilty at Hendon Magistrates court on Monday 16 September. She s...

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Bishop urges Scots to protect 'Our Common Home'

Campaigners from across Scotland's eight Catholic dioceses will gather in St Stephen's Centre in Glasgow on Saturday 21st of September for a 'Day of Reflection' on the environment and climate change.

The Conference will urge Scots to answer the call of Pope Francis to 'care for our common home' and will hear from keynote speaker Dr Lorna Gold, vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Mov...

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Manchester: 'Green Christian on the road together' event

'Joy in Enough'

Last Saturday, Green Christian held its sixth regional 'Green Christian On The Road Together' event, a day conference at the URC Dandelion Community in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Wythenshawe was designed as a garden city, and is the home of Manchester airport, but now has high numbers of vulnerable households experiencing food poverty.

Green Christian was invited by the minister of the Da...

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Report exposes greenwashing of mining industry

A report has been launched - 'A Just Transition is a Post-extractive Transition' - a joint report by climate justice organisations London Mining Network (LMN) and War on Want, ahead of 20 September's Global Climate Strike. The report exposes the mining industry's greenwashing tactics, and makes the case for a transition to renewable energy rooted in social justice.

Drawing on new data, th...

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MESS: A Justice, Peace & Environment Group in North-West

For some 30 years I have been part of our local Justice & Peace group, and after a period as Chair of the local Churches Together it became an ecumenical group.

Over this time we looked into and worked on many issues both at home and abroad. We put on events covering homelessness and unemployment, modern slavery and debt. Because we represent many of the churches in the area we have b...

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Amazonia Synod 12: Challenges of Militarism

Fr Cunningham with campaigners on Jeju Island

An Irish Columban priest, based in South Korea, relates how activities related to military spending impact on the environment and on the well-being of vulnerable communities living near sensitive locations and sitting on precious resources.

The military industrial complex and the fossil fuel industries are connected to one another. In relation to the ongoing destruction of the Am...

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Two congregations going green for sake of the planet

Franciscan Sisters Minoress group picture

In a concerted effort to make a tangible response to the climate crisis, the Franciscan Sisters Minoress as well as the English/Scottish Province of the Religious Sisters of Charity have made a bold commitment to go green by turning away from fossil fuel investments.

The announcement comes during the 'Season of Creation' -a global celebration of prayer and action for the environment, and ...

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London: Baroness Scotland to speak on 'Saving Our Common Earth'

Baroness Scotland

Baroness Patricia Scotland QC will be speaking at Farm Street Parish in Mayfair tomorrow evening (13 September) on 'Saving our common earth: No time to lose.'

Baroness Scotland is Secretary General for the Commonwealth Secretariat. After a career as a barrister and politician Baroness Scotland was elected as the 6th Secretary General of the Commonwealth in 2016.

In her talk the Baro...

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