Monday, August 14, 2017
by Bayor Chantal
Exposure to climate change affects different people and different communities to different degrees. I had the honor of attending a panel discussion in Washington, DC on climate change, organized by the Washington Inter-religious Community Staff (WISC). Panelists presented on different aspects of the issue. The first panelist gave an overview of climate change and its consequences on the planet and humans. The second panelist highlighted economic repercussions on societies. The third panelist spoke about environmental racism, when people of color and the poor are disproportionately exposed to hazardous materials and pollutants, and the need to raise awareness on this public health and human rights issue.
The last panelist presented on the 2017-18 federal budget proposal put forth by the Trump administration and how some aspects of the bill will affect already disadvantaged communities. She called on NGOs and activists present to pressure the administration to negotiate a budget that is more compassionate to people, society and the entire planet.
Climate change can affect human life in two main ways: first, by changing the severity or frequency of health problems that are already affected by climate or weather factors; and second, by creating unprecedented or unanticipated health problems or health threats in places where they have not previously occurred. The meeting ended with a word of thanks from the Coordinators.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Missionary Oblates JPIC office has joined and signed a Pledge to Educate, Advocate and Pray for an end to the use of the death penalty in the United States. The National Catholic Campaign To End The Use Of The Death Penalty calls on Catholic faithful and organizations to promise to Educate, Advocate and Pray for an end to the use of the death penalty.
The pledge drive is organized by the Catholic Mobilizing Network as part of the United States Catholic Bishops Conference. Catholic Bishops were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty during the launch in May 2017.
The Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty is part of the Missionary Oblates JPIC Consistent Life initiative. In this campaign, JPIC office provides resources and faithful action suggestions to Oblates and associates reflecting the teaching of the Catholic Church to end the use of the death penalty in the United States.
In response to Pope Francis’s call, pledge to educate, advocate, and pray for the end of the death penalty. Get more information at National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty here: