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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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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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Upcoming Events: We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

On Friday, April 26th from 3:30-6pm the CCSJ and GreenJays are hosting the We Matter Walk! The goal of this walk is to promote climate change awareness and to show that younger generations have a voice on the issue. Before the walk, there will be live music from Tom Breiding (a well known Bluegrass singer that has an environmental focus) as well as Creighton student bands. There will also be free food and drinks!!
The schedule of the afternoon is as follows:
3:30 Tom Breiding plays on lawn. Light food and beverages are served.
4:15-5:00 Creighton student bands
5:00 Gather in front of KFC. Begin walk. (We will head down Creighton’s Mall to 24th St., south on 24th to Dodge St., and west on Dodge St. to the Union Pacific building where we will turn around).
6:00 Finish walk at Creighton University
If you are interested in helping make posters/signs for the walk, come to the CCSJ this Friday, April 19th, from 4-5pm.
For more information, contact the GreenJays president Allie Clark at alexandriaclark@creighton.edu or Hannah Mullally at hannahmullally@creightonedu.

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Sustainability: Tell President Obama to join the conversation on climate!

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Tens of thousands of Americans have joined the conversation on climate, both online as well as in living rooms, in townhalls and churches, and at film screenings and rallies. The momentum is building, and there have been dozens of events in just the last few weeks. Ask the president to join the national conversation he helped start. Show him the tremendous energy of our movement, and invite him to lay out his process for moving forward on climate.

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A Green Initiative

By: Andi Hinnenkamp

Father Schlegel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2010 and Fr. Lannon will now carry on this commitment. Considering that over 600 schools’ presidents signed the initiative, it is not a big surprise that Creighton, as a Jesuit institution, was one of the signatories. What is surprising about this initiative is how few people even know that Creighton is signed on to it, with a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.  That’s what this past Tuesday, September 25’s Green Bag lunch was all about. For a few days, two employees from the Brendle Group traveled around Creighton, displaying the findings they have about Creighton’s resource consumption, specifically sources of energy.

The reason why more people need to be educated on this initiative is not only because it is awesome, but because our school, along with many others, will be a leader in the United States, setting an example for other institutions that need to react to climate change. Most importantly, though, people need to know that this will mean some lifestyle changes for everyone on campus, specifically because the plan includes the amount of energy used by those who commute to Creighton every day as an energy expense by the university. In this case, there will need to be some deliberate changes on the part of everyone that works or studies at Creighton. Regardless of personal opinions of these lifestyle changes, it will be a great chance for the university to help everyone learn what personal effect they have on the climate. This also means that the university will do as much as it can to become climate neutral, but that everyone at Creighton will have to accept the initiative as well. What an exciting initiative Creighton has signed onto, it is great to see such a big institution stand up to do all it can to help our environment.

 

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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Thank President Obama for Protecting the Polar Bears!

Sierra Club

Shell Oil has been forced to abandon its plans to drill in the Polar Bear Seas this year! From not meeting its Clean Air permits to a damaged oil spill containment dome, Shell showed that it couldn’t drill safely. The passionate advocacy of millions of people played a big part in making sure Shell didn’t get a free pass to drill with high risk in the Arctic.

Tell President Obama that you are thrilled that Shell won’t be able to drill this year — and urge him to protect the Polar Bear Seas next year, too!

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