On Friday, February 22, Representative Lee Terry met with students and faculty in the CCSJ to discuss environmental issues. Those present at the meeting shared their belief that we must show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation (an idea stemming from Catholic Social Teaching).Care of the Earth is a requirement of our Catholic faith, and therefore we must take immediate action against human-caused climate change.
A major issue in Nebraska is the proposed building of the Keystone XL Pipeline. We told Representative Lee Terry that while building the pipeline, would create temporary jobs, it would also speed up the process of climate change by burning tar sands oil and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Senator Terry replied that he believes it would be more ecologically responsible to have the US receive the tar sands oil than having it go to Canada. One reason he gave in support of this was that in the US, the refining process is much cleaner.
This meeting was a great chance to open up dialogue with our representative. Although we may disagree on the issue of the Keystone Pipeline, it was insightful to hear his reasons for supporting it. The meeting was a chance to exchange ideas about the importance of environmentalism, for the future of the United States and for our world. An important takeaway is, as said by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, “effective measures to address climate change are urgent and necessary.”
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