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Upcoming Events: Climate Action Meeting

We Matter WalkClimate Action Meeting

All are welcome to the meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 7th, from 11:45am-2pm.

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Sustainability: The Warming Arctic

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Sadly The Polar Bear Seas, off the coast of Alaska, are in danger: America’s Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the nation. Polar bears now must swim for miles to find food, and Alaska Native communities are finding it harder and harder to maintain their way of life. And Shell Oil, once again, is trying to drill in America’s Arctic. Also, the Obama administration is considering allowing even more oil and gas drilling in the Polar Bear Seas for years to come. This would move us away from a clean energy future that decreases our reliance on dirty fuels. Tell President Obama to protect the Polar Bear Seas.


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Sustainability in Omaha: Service Trip Fall 2013 – Omaha, NE

Sustainability in Omaha: Uncovering Inconvenient Truths in Omaha
This five-day seminar exposes the participants to five different aspects of sustainability in Omaha: transportation, water, food, energy, and waste/recycling. Students will engage these topics through integrating hands-on experience with education by experts in the field of sustainability. Students will attempt to live sustainably during the seminar by walking, using public transportation, eating locally/seasonally/organically, reducing our use of water and energy through conservation, and creating little waste; (This may mean not eating meat). This sustainability seminar seeks to educate and engage Creighton students about these issues in order that we might begin to create a more sustainable community here at Creighton and beyond.

Relevant Websites: City Sprouts, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

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Sustainability: Nebraskans support strong carbon safeguards!

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Tell EPA and NDEQ: Nebraskans support strong carbon safeguards!
Nebraska has been making big strides on clean energy and on cracking down on fossil fuel pollution. Now you have a chance to lock in that progress and move our state and federal agencies forward on climate starting with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and the EPA. Send the EPA and NDEQ a message saying that Nebraskans want action on climate — and that you want strong safeguards against carbon pollution.

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White Rose Catholic Worker – Chicago Fall 2013

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House

The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Generally students immerse themselves each day in one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high immigrant and refugee population. Each day of the week volunteers take on a different issue of social concern and explore the alternatives that they are organizing for and living in the house including environmental sustainability, torture & war/nonviolence, capitalism/green economics, and poverty/hospitality. There will be a series of educational and hands on experiences for each one. The White Rose Catholic Worker also has a farm, which students will stay at during their trip and students will mainly eat food grown on the farm to experience sustainable living.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

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Fr. Lannon Signs the St. Francis Pledge

franciscan advocacyAs part of Creighton’s St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Celebration, Fr. Lannon signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor and encouraged attendees to do the same. Below is Lannon’s homily from the Mass and the link the St. Francis Pledge:

Homily for the Feast of St. Francis

October 4, 2013

By signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and now the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, we made our commitment to sustainability very public – putting our lamp where it can shine and be an example to others.

 The Catholic Climate Covenant Partnership involves more than 45 Catholic organizations that have publicly affirmed their commitment to Catholic mission-based sustainability by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge. Creighton is proud to join them.

 Our first reading asks us to pay attention to our call. What are we being asked to do in light of the St. Francis Pledge?

 In the spirit of St. Francis who was bold, a prophet and lived on the edge, we are called to enter the dialogue to shape public policy on climate change.

Our new pope chose the name Francis because of our church’s commitment to the poor and to creation; we need to show solidarity with those affected most by climate change as an institution and as individuals.

 At his installation homily, Pope Francis’ said : “The vocation of being a ‘protector’, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone.

 ”It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us.

 ”It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.

 “It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about…”

 Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.

What can we do?

The St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation and the Poor provides some answers to that question:

What can we do?

Pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;

 Learn and educate others;

 Assess how our own choices contribute to environmental degradation;

 Act to change our behaviors;

 Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in environmental and climate change discussions and decisions, especially regarding impact on the poor and vulnerable.

What can you do?

Sign the St. Francis Pledge today.

 

Join Fr. Lannon and sign the St. Francis Pledge! It’s a quick, easy way to commit to living sustainably and advocating for a more sustainable society. Just fill in your name, email, postal code, and country and you’re set! Here’s the link: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/the-st-francis-pledge/

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

 

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