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Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Resources and Information on Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "On Care for Our Common Home" (Laudato Si)

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The Following are sources for taking action on the Laudato Si from the Fall 2015 REL 345 course:

Web Sources:

Global Catholic Climate Movement, "Take Action!", Global Catholic Climate Movement, 2015

  • This entire website is a petition in order to take action and push political leaders to solve the urgent climate crisis. there is also a hashtag that you can use in order to put into practice the Pope's message.

CYMFed, " Laudato Si - Pope Francis' Encyclical", YouTube, June 22, 2015

  • Video on the summary of the Laudato Si. Gives many quotes that can be used to get a better understanding.

C2ES, "Make an Impact", Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 2015 

  • Ever wonder what you can do to take action and make an impact? This link provides many solutions to the climate and energy crisis.

Thomas P. Sheahen, "One Simple Way to Follow Laudato Si", Catholic Stand, June 20, 2015

  • While most people think the Laudato Si is a negative perspective, one of the last paragraphs focuses on the positive that is being done. The author stresses that not enough is being done and more people need to take action. 

Kerry Weber, "Why 'Laudato Si’' is the Perfect Encyclical for Millennials", The National Catholic Review, June 18, 2015

  • With so many Millenials pushing for change, why not push for environmental change as well. It is impossible to build a better future without thinking about the environment and calling for different values.

Sheldon Whitehouse, " 'Laudato Si'': A Call to Action for Congress", The National Catholic Review, July 7, 2015

  • We have known about the changing climate and the consequences that come with that but nothing has been done. With the Pope reaffirming these concerns the author stresses that it is now time to make a change.

Additional Sources

Web Sources:

Barack Obama, "Cutting Carbon Pollution in America", The White House, 2013

  •  The plan that President Barack Obama has in place in order to combat climate change. The plan was put into place in 2013 and President Obama likes to lead by example.

Dan Misleh, "Pope Francis' Laudato Si' is a game changer", U.S. Catholic, 2015

  • This article shows the effects the Laudato Si has on people. Not only bishops, but many Catholics from their communities are coming together to lower their carbon footprint

Marie Venner, " California legislators, bishops highlight 'Laudato Si'' in pushing clean energy bill", National Catholic Reporter, September 10, 2015

  • California lawmakers are in the final stages of passing two bills that will help to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in their state. These bills used the Pope's Encyclical in order to help them through., "25+ Tips to Reduce your Carbon Footprint", Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty

  • Offers many different options on how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Many of the suggestions include, Driving, Home energy, Air travel, Food, ETC.

NRDC, "How to Stop and Fight Global Warming", Natural Resources Defense Council

  • The entire website gives great tips on how to not only fight global warming, but also how to help out with many other issue areas that include but are not limited to energy, food, air, water, wildlife. 
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