Sisters of Mercy of the Americas sign onto Catholic Climate Declaration
June 18, 2018
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is pleased to announce that all five U.S. Mercy communities and 37 Mercy ministries and institutions signed onto the Catholic Climate Declaration that was released June 18, the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.
The declaration, launched by the Catholic Climate Covenant, is a Catholic expression of the We Are Still In campaign in which more than 2,700 cities, states, corporations, investors and other institutions have stated public support for the Paris Climate Agreement.
“This declaration expresses the U.S. Catholic community’s call to climate action, arising from our theological foundation, proclaimed to all within our one human family. From this call we envision, pray for, and act towards a thriving future, with our family and the gift of God’s creation, “ says the Catholic Climate Convenant.
“The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are urging Catholic organizations across the U.S.to sign the Catholic Climate declaration to support the Paris Climate Agreement. We must listen to the cry of the Earth, our common home, and the cry of peoples, here in the United States and around the world, and all urge members of Congress to work together to implement climate solutions to address our needs today and for future generations,” says Sister Pat McDermott, President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Among the declaration signatories are Mercy Investment Services, the Conference of Mercy Higher Education, the Mercy Education System of the Americas, Mercy Health in Cincinnati, three spirituality retreat centers, eight Mercy colleges and universities, and six Mercy high schools.
Many of these Mercy ministries and institutions are living out this commitment by taking steps to reduce their own reliance on fossil fuels by creating policies to be more energy efficient as outlined in their responses to a Mercy survey on environmental sustainability. The results of that survey will be shared later this summer.
Catholic organizations and institutions are encouraged to sign the Catholic Climate Declaration. To receive action alerts from the Sisters of Mercy Justice team, visit sistersofmercy.org/take-action.