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Letter: People of world must unite to demand climate justice

People of world must unite to demand climate justice

The global climate summit being held in Paris began Nov. 30 and runs to Friday. Why should we be interested? If we look at Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” (Care for our Common Home), we hear Francis remind us that, “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God, so that our planet might be what God desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.”

The climate summit is another opportunity for the world to work together to lower emissions and be creative in ways that we can help heal our common home rather than destroy it. The pope is amazed at “how weak international political responses have been” in the past and he calls us to become involved so that special interests and economic interests will not usurp the need to care for our common home. Not only will the time of meetings and decisions be important, but after the summit, each of us will need to take action to make sure our government responds to the decisions of the summit. It is people who are poor, in our country and throughout the world, who suffer already from climate change. We need climate justice!

Sister Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ