June 10, 2015
As the Vatican with Pope Francis’ leadership prepares to release the much anticipated Encyclical on Creation scheduled for June 18, we in Western PA are preparing. We will be considering care for creation, sustainable development and the impact that climate change is having on the world’s poorest people
The name of the Encyclical is Laudato Sii (Praised Be You), is taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun”, a prayer praising God for Creation. The subtitle will be Italian, Sulla cura della casa comune, “on the care of the common home”.
People of faith and spirit around the world will be mingling prayer and mindful actions. We are continuing and building practices that can make a difference. Together we can inspire our leaders to be bold, and protect our future as we and they prepare for the Paris Climate Talks in late November-early December.
As you can see we will be offering many activities.
June 21 will find us participating in the Pittsburgh 350.org Rally for Climate Justice on Summer Solstice Sunday.
The morning of that We will begin with the first People’s Pilgrimage, a Walk for Paris. Our hope is that everyone will organize a series of mini-walks to or around the places you love, the places you are concerned about, remembering that around the world people are loving and caring for a region, a place, a family. Peoples Pilgrimages is a wonderful resource for prayers and meditations from around the world.
Time to begin ….
The Environmental Justice Committee
Thomas Merton Center
East Park, Allegheny Commons, Intersection of Cedar Ave and Lockhart Street, North Side.
There are two opportunities to demonstrate your concern about the climate crisis: a morning walk will connect climate change to air pollution from a Neville Island coke plant. In the afternoon there will be a Climate Action rally on the Northside.
ACTION: Bring your friends, family, neighbors and fellow workers to learn and demonstrate about the climate crisis.
Bring your hand-made signs and after the rally join the sidewalk procession over to the fountain at the Point. *Music provided by the Squirrel Hill Billies.*Reading of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Day Proclamation – Councilman Dan Gilman *Introductions and Opening Remarks – Patty DeMarco (Institute for Green Sciences, CMU) and many other interesting speakers. Description of the Problem and thoughts from local campaigns working on Solutions.
To RSVP or for more information contact Peter Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Climate Action Rally’ on the subject line.