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As Easter people, we are called to care for God's creation! 
In This Issue
PRAY: From the Green Bible Devotional
STUDY: Keystone XL Pipeline and Tar Sands
ACT: Take action in April and May
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Read this article by Sandra Steingraber - the Rachel Carson of our time - on hydrofracking 

 

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April 3, 2012

Greetings! 

As we prepare for new life in the resurrection of Jesus, how do we bring this Good News to a world so shattered by death and destruction? We witness the magnitude of global unrest--from peoples dying for their right to speak, to those evicted from their homeland so others may gain from their resources--and we question our ability to bring the hope of the Easter story to our neighbors near and far. But the stories of those crucified for speaking out, in fact, embolden us to share Christ's message and act for justice in this broken world.

 

Drought, famine, increasingly destructive tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, record-breaking temperatures--all tell us that we must act with compassion and urgently on the issue of climate change if we are to be peacemakers. Pope Benedict XVI said:

 

I am increasingly convinced that the root of the environmental crisis is a crisis of the spirit, a crisis of personal holiness that must lead to concern for one another and to stir a response in love and good works. If we take the time--truly take the time--to nurture our own holiness, we will undoubtedly see that our own actions have consequences for other people and for the planet as a whole. If we take the time to listen to our hearts, we will easily understand how environmental degradation and climate change compounds our duty to care for the most vulnerable. Environmental degradation makes the life of the poor especially unbearable. (August 27, 2006)

 

 

During our Lenten journey, we have had the opportunity to nurture our relationship with God and with our neighbors in anticipation of the incredible gift of the Resurrection.  As Easter people, we are called to renew our commitment to caring for God's creation by praying for the resolve to curb our consumption; by learning more about policies that fail to protect our neighbors from environmental degradation, and by speaking out for change. 

 

In peace,

 

Trudi Jenny and Lori Nemenz

on behalf of the Global Restoration Committee, Pax Christi USA

PRAY: From The Green Bible Devotional

by Carla Barnhill

 

Oh God, how we await this day.

We hold to your promise and trust in your faithfulness.

We thank you for a vision of what is to come

and pray that you will help us to be part

of the healing

and restoration

you are bringing about even now.

STUDY: Keystone XL Pipeline and Tar Sands

The Keystone XL Pipeline is one environmental issue on the news frequently these days.  A recent Gallup poll says that 29% of the population opposes the pipeline.  Those who are against building the pipeline say that the construction jobs are temporary, the oil that is transported to New Orleans is not for domestic use but will be shipped overseas, and pipeline leaks will destroy local water supplies.  Catholic News Services reported that: 

 

[O]n one side [of the debate] were representatives of the energy industry who say the project would produce thousands of construction jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on Middle East oil. The other included religious and environmental groups concerned that extracting oil in Canada's northern boreal forest will accelerate climate change and harm the livelihood of First Nations people. 

 

According to the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, Catholics opposed to the project include Bishop Luc Bouchard, whose Alberta Diocese is home to the tar sands, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Columban Fathers' Center for Advocacy and Outreach, and the Franciscan Action Network.

 

Click here to learn more about the tar sands process and its impact on Canada's boreal forest, view a 17-minute Garth Lenz' TED talk.

ACT: Events for April 9-15 and May 5


1. To become more active in your local community, consider offering or participating in, an event on May 5th to bring awareness and encourage personal change on the climate change issue.  Click here for more details.

 

2. To learn how to use nonviolent direct action to encourage lawmakers to implement more just practices and policies on climate change and other issues, register for a training organized by The 99% Spring between April 9-15.  Click here to see if there is a training in your area.