Just hours ago, Cardinal Cláudio Hummes of Brazil presented over 800,000 of your Catholic Climate Petition signatures to United Nations and French officials in Paris along with the petitions of other interfaith groups. Collectively the messages of over 1.7 million people of faith calling for climate justice were delivered from all over the world.
During the event, Cardinal Hummes stated, “I pray for political leaders to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si # 49) and to respond to the climate justice demand from faith communities.”
Already Catholics have joined actions in Nairobi, Dhaka, Melbourne, Manila and other parts of the globe to voice their concern for our common home as part of the Global Climate March (see some pictures here!). Thousands more of us will do the same in our communities today or tomorrow.
Will you be one of them?
If you haven’t done so already, check here for details on Catholics marching in your area (there have been updates, so double check for sure!). If you don’t see anyone listed, use the search button at the bottom of the march page to find a local event.
This is a new moment in history, as we Catholics are helping to shape the future of our climate in historic numbers. We bring a special contribution, along with other faith groups, of elevating the moral and spiritual dimension of this crisis. This is a question of living our faith to care for others, especially the poor and vulnerable among us.
Cardinal Hummes ended his speech today with, “Time is running out. Let’s pray and act for Climate Justice!”
Yes, let’s heed his words and pray and act this weekend!
PPS. Following the tragic attacks on November 13, mass marches and demonstrations around Paris have been prohibited by the French authorities. Register here to dedicate your march for a Parisian unable to join in. It’s a beautiful act of solidarity.