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The Unprecedented Ecological Challenges of the New Year
2018 has ended with plenty turmoil to carry us into the new year. As someone who has been focused rather fiercely on the environmental threats taking a growing toll on our biosphere and atmosphere, it has been an especially discouraging year. The Trump administration has been busy unraveling many of the environmental protections put in place by previous governments since the 1970s. These range from reducing air pollutants from industrial sources, to reductions in chemical pollution of our waterways, to protections for endangered species.

It has never been perfect, and industry continues to contaminate our living systems, but one hates to think about where we would be if these policies had not been in place, if polluters were able to operate unregulated. Sadly, we are moving in the direction of finding out as coal, oil, gas, chemical, mining, and so many other dirty industries are winning major reversals of regulatory policies.

To make matters worse, this past year saw some of the greatest climate-related disasters in human history. From the Great Wildfires in California to record floods and anomalous weather events all across the globe, climate change is setting in at a pace far faster then even most climate scientists had predicted. The scary part of this story is that scientists have been telling us for decades now that once we begin experiencing the impacts of climate change, we will already have passed many tipping points, points of no return to the climate we once knew. We are moving into a new reality without having planned for it, without the leadership and mass awareness it will take to move our world away from the industrial global economy that has brought us to this point.

Read the rest of Margaret Swedish's 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.

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


Vatican Video on Celebrating the Anniversary of Laudato Si’

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