U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 3)

Aug 8th, 2014

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

“Act now to protect human life and dignity in the future.”  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

Stewardship Tip

U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change. (Part 3 of 3) Archbishop Wenski urged the EPA to be guided by the following principles, outlined by both the U.S. bishops in their 2001 statement “Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good” and Pope Francis in recent comments.

  • Respect for Human Life and Dignity, “especially that of the poorest and most vulnerable: from children in the womb to the elderly,” who feel “the health impacts of climate change, including exposure to climate-sensitive diseases, heat waves and diminished air quality.”
  • Prudence on Behalf of the Common Good through “wise action to address climate change” now “to protect the common good for present and future generations.”  
  • Priority for the Poor and Vulnerable since “the consequences of climate change will be borne by the world’s most vulnerable people.”  
  • Social and Economic Justice. Workers should be protected from negative effects on the workforce resulting from the new standards and should receive assistance to mitigate impacts on their livelihoods and families. Any additional costs that such standards may generate must be distributed fairly, without undue burden on the poor. 
  • Care for creation given the call “to be responsible stewards of the earth and to use the gifts we have been given to protect human life and dignity, now and in the future.”
  • Participation of local communities, especially low-income communities, “who should have a voice in shaping these standards based on their local impact.”

Further information on the environmental efforts of the USCCB Environmental Justice Program can be found at http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-094.cfm

Peace & Justice Committee