Archive for 2. Energy and Fossil Fuel Divestment

Teaching rural communities to understand and fight climate change

Rural communities in and around Dili are showing a positive change in their perception of the value of trees since Jesuit Social Service Timor-Leste began its reforestation programme.  Through its clean water project, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) is making the communities see the intricate connection between forest and water resources, motivating them to cut fewer trees and plant more seedlings.  For every tree that is cut down, the community must plant 10 seedlings or more to help with forest regeneration.

USF to Host Global Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is coming to USF Sept. 11–14.

The summit will bring scientists and leaders from around the world to the campus and San Francisco to discuss how nations, states, businesses, and other groups can combat climate change. Co-organized by Brown, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others, the summit aims to inspire worldwide resolve to take action.

Climate Risks for Mining

The climate risks that extractive industries face include the rise of extreme and unpredictable weather impacting upon mode of mining activities, mining sites and their surrounding communities and environments. This will not only affect profitability and labour conditions. For example floods can disrupt the tailing of mines sending excess polluted water into the storm drains, placing surrounding communities at significant risk of polluted water. In turn there’s a predicted scarcity of water and consequential negative impacts upon hydrological systems as they adapt to changing climatic conditions. The impact of potential infrastructure damage and energy stress due to climate change upon mining activities is another risk that has not been appropriately assessed by many companies and governments.

The Saint and the Dynamo in the 21st Century

Twenty-first century human beings are needy creatures. Extending beyond the bare necessities of food, water, clean air, and shelter, our needs and wants require vast amounts of mineral resources and energy. A critical concern is the relationship between the spiritual life and energy consumption. This reflection has been prompted in part by the Affordable Energy Proposal released by the EPA last week to replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Act. Ostensibly, both documents aim to address climate change by mandating electrical utilities to reduce the emissions of  climate change-inducing carbon and fine particulates, which have been connected to respiratory problems like asthma.

Let this sink in: We’ve already used up a year’s worth of Earth’s resources

Earth Overshoot Day marks yearly point when human consumption outpaces the planet’s ability to replenish resources

You may have missed it but Wednesday, the first day of August, marked Earth Overshoot Day for 2018. What exactly is Earth Overshoot Day? It is the day in any given year that the human community has used more from nature than Earth can renew in the entire year, as calculated by the Global Footprint Network.

Jesuit Conference office of Justice and Ecology issues Statement on EPA affordable Clean Energy Rule

The Clean Power Plan was enacted in 2015. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order mandating EPA review of the rule. In October of 2017, the EPA announced plans to end the CPP. Catholic leaders and laity across the U.S., responding to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ to care for creation and those most affected by climate change, have spoken out in support of fully implementing and maintaining the CPP to significantly reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution.