~ by Jesse Remedios, Earth Beat, National Catholic Reporter
Catholic climate organizers say they’re certain of it: 2020 is “absolutely the year” for climate mobilization.
November 4, 2020, the United States is schedule to officially withdraw from the Paris Agrement on climate. That’s one day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the outcome of which will largely shape the U.S. response to climate change moving forward.
With that in mind, the Catholic Climate Covenant is organizing what they are calling the “U.S. Catholic Climate Project , a yearlong intergenerational Catholic initiative to gather Catholics from across the church to make “the moral call for climate action.”
According the to the Climate Project’s website, the project will reach out to a range of Catholic institutions to provide support on activities that can galvanize action. To kick off the project, the Catholic Comate Covenant is hosting a webinar on webinar Jan. 23 to describe the initiative’s vision and goals, as well as explain how Catholics can collaborate to organize events around Earth Day and Laudato Si anniversaries.
Participation and leadership by youth and young adults is a big part of the Climate Project. The Catholic Climate Project understands that young people are the ones who will have to deal with the conseequences of climate inaction and, and project leadership is hoping to make use of young people’s passion for the issue to pull older generations into the fight.
“fundamentally, this is about the future of youth and young adults and their growing awareness of the interdependence between the Creator’s gift and the lives we lead,” said Jose Aguto, associate director of the Catholic Climate Covenant and co-chair of the Climate Project, told the NCR. “We of older generations have the moral obligation to support them.”
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