More than 800 people, including 80 Mercy sisters, associates and co-workers, participated in Encounter for Our Common Home, a climate advocacy campaign organized by Catholic Climate Covenant.
At least a dozen Mercy advocates—from Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island— participated in meetings with their senators’ staff, May 6–24. Four members of the Mercy Justice Team served as captains of their states’ delegations. Other Mercy advocates prayed for the success of these meetings.
Three hundred Mercy advocates emailed their senators in early May to urge support for $555 billion in climate investments, which were originally included in the Build Back Better bill that stalled in Congress. The measures in this package include incentives for clean energy technology innovation, investments in climate resiliency for communities most at risk from harms of a warming planet, and other incentives to decarbonize and strengthen the economy at the same time.