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A critical political year for Wisconsin’s eco-communities
So much is riding on this year’s state elections. And because the land, air, water, and all our fellow creatures do not have a political voice, they need ours in order to be heard.

It is apparent, not controversial, that the regulatory polices that had made our state a national leader on environmental issues have been under attack over the past 7 years. Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature have shifted priorities within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from protecting the environment to easing the permitting process for businesses such as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), metallic and silica sand mining, oil pipeline expansion, and the massive Foxconn industrial project in Racine County – subsidized with $3.5 billion in public money.

Read Margaret Swedish's full article here.


We Are Still In
On June 23 Mayor Barrett and other city leaders signed and adopted a Common Council resolution solidifying the City's support for the Paris Climate Accord.  
Mayor Barrett has already affirmed his commitment with more than 300 Mayors and thousands of businesses at

Archdiocesan Creation Care Collaboration

On November 21,2016 representatives from parishes, the Archdiocese, Marquette University, Marquette HS/Laudato Si' Project, City of Milwaukee, and Catholics for Peace and Justice/Waukesha County Green Team met to begin discussing how we can bring the content of Laudato Si’ more fully alive and prominent in our parishes and our community. Lots of good information was shared and connections made. The next meeting is Jan 13 at 12 noon. Contact Rob Shelledy at the Archdiocese to get on the information/invitation list. If you are interested in building a Creation Care ministry in your parish, connect with this group.

Environmental Racism Now on the Front Burner – Milwaukee County Statistics  Read Here

What is COP21?

More than two decades ago, members of the United Nations met in Rio de Janeiro for the “Earth Summit.” At this extraordinary gathering, attendees agreed on some basics about climate change and how to tackle its human causes. 

This agreement is called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or “UNFCCC.” In it, 196 nations agreed to meet every year to fashion a treaty on how to keep the planet from warming to dangerous levels, and how in the meantime to help affected people. These nations are “parties” to the UNFCCC agreement. 
Together we call this gathering of 196 nations the Conference of Parties, or COP for short. 

The COP has been meeting every year since 1994. This November 30, they will convene for the 21st time. And that’s where we get the term COP21

Why is COP21 Important?  


Laudato Si' Praise Be! Encyclical on Care for Creation from Pope Francis

Join the Force for Creation - Become a Laudato Si’ “Animator”. Animators promote the Laudato Si message to help turn it into action in their local communities, whether that be a parish, school, religious congregation, lay group, youth organization, retreat center, Boy Scout troop, or more. Learn More Here


Global Catholic Climate Movement Advent Resource Kit

Season of Creation Sept 1 - Oct 4

Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes.

Join the Eco-Parish Global Network

10 Things a Catholic Diocese Can Do To Promote Care for Our Common Home 

USCCB Laudato Si' Discussion Guide 

Catholic Climate Covenant Feast of St. Francis Program

USCCB Resource for Liturgy, Preaching and Taking Action

USCCB Care for Creation Scripture 

Scripture Bulletin Insert

Acts of Mercy for Our Common Home


Why Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

Laudato Si’ Vatican Video

CRS Care for Creation Video 


Catholic Climate Covenant 

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Interfaith Earth Network Milwaukee


Divest-Reinvest Catholic Toolkit

Twelve Priority Measures to Save Energy at Your Church

Looking for Water