Sister Mary's Justice Notes | June 7

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us informed on the latest social justice news each week. 

Catholic Groups Express Regret at President’s Pull Out from the Paris Agreement
The Catholic Climate Covenant, with support from numerous national Catholic organizations, including LCWR, have written a statement in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord. Read it here.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have also issued a statement, expressing its regret that the president has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. Read more:



Sign On Your Commitment to Paris Agreement
Sign a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Donald Trump, expressing your support the Paris Agreement and commitment to mitigating climate change. Click here.



Earth-Related Resources Offered as Laudato Si Anniversary Approaches
As we approach the two-year anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, the Catholic Health Association offers a compendium of earth-related resources. Share these on your internal and social platforms and when you do, be sure to use the hashtag #LaduatoSi. To access the resources, click here.



‘Green from the Grassroots’ Offers Another Approach to Living Out the Paris Agreement
Many are disappointed by the President’s recent manifestation of nationalism in his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. But find encouragement in the indications from mayors and governors that cities and states may be a path to "green from the grassroots." This was first encouraged by Elinor Ostrom in 2012. Read her article, Green from the Grassroots here.



One in Four Children in Arab World Live in Poverty
One in four children in the Arab world live in poverty, often deprived of life's most basic necessities such as proper housing or safe water, according to a new study from UNICEF. The analysis of 11 countries including Egypt, Iraq, Morocco and Yemen found 29 million children were living in poverty. The study found that lack of education is a key driver of poverty among the young. Read more.



Save the EPA, Make Your View Known
Under the White House's latest budget proposal, the EPA would fare worse than any other federal agency. The proposal would reduce the agency's current funding by more than 31 percent, to $5.65 billion. The cuts would gut water protections, support for state environmental programs, and the Superfund clean-up program. Friends of the Earth urges us to tell Congress to oppose Trump's proposed budget and any budget proposal that includes cuts to our environmental programs. Go to:



U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms
A United Nations disarmament panel has presented the first draft of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable - especially at a time when North Korea has threatened to launch nuclear-armed missiles at its enemies. Read more.



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