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Speaker explores Catholic stance on climate change

first_imgCarolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), spoke of the need for responsibility and action in regards to climate change during her keynote address at the Notre Dame Climate Investing Conference on Wednesday. The conference, which began on Tuesday, focused on carbon energy reduction and opportunities for investing in environmentally-friendly technology.Woo’s lecture was largely concentrated on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical and how businesses have to react in order to align with the Vatican’s stance on climate change. She said people should feel the need to view and care for the Earth as “our common home.”“We are expected to praise God with our own life. To return thanks and return blessings. To acknowledge what we have received from this garden,” Woo said.Woo said the goal of her work at CRS, a non-profit organization, has been to provide for the poor and suffering throughout the world. As a result, Woo said she has seen the effect climate change has on the poor.Woo pointed in particular to the effects of one poor rainfall season in Ethiopia, which threatened the nation’s food supply. An estimated 40 million people will face food insecurity because of this drought, she said.The poor of the world, those who are most dependent on living off the land, will be most affected by climate change, Woo said. For this reason, she said she believes the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor to be “the same phenomenon.”Woo also discussed the role of business in the struggle against climate change. She contested the idea that the pope is against business, instead arguing that he is opposed only to the abuses and exploitation by businesses.“The pope is against idolatry, which is putting profits ahead of people,” Woo said.Woo said she has seen first-hand the effect of this idolatry during her time at CRS, recalling a trip to an Ethiopian flower farm that serviced big box stores in places like the United States.On this farm, the terrible working conditions and the lack of regulations on the air concentration caused workers to develop cancer at an extremely high rate, according to Woo. These types of “unethical predatory practices” by businesses sacrifice the health of the workers for the sake of profits, she said.However, Woo said business and greater environmental consciousness are not mutually exclusive. Business can still be “a noble vocation” if companies can make a conscious effort to create positive environmental change, she said.Woo pointed out the falsity of the common belief that energy use and economic growth are correlated by considering Germany’s recent economic growth without a similar increase in energy consumption. Woo said she believes this will provide an example to businesses, proving that companies can be both climate smart and business smart.Woo said the fight for climate change activists will not always be easy and help may not come from the government or other expected sources.“We don’t have permission to give up,” she said. “We just have to try different ways.”Woo closed by asking people to stop writing off climate change as a problem they can do nothing about.“There is a problem, and it is my problem,” Woo said. “And yes, there is something I can do about it.”Tags: Carolyn Woo, catholic relief services, Climate change, climate investing conference, CRSlast_img read more


first_imgALCORNThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Tommy Alcorn, Florist, Loughnagin, Letterkenny. Removal from the hospice today, Wednesday, at 3PM to be received at St Paul’s Church, Ramelton Funeral there tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon at 2PM, with burial afterwards in the church grounds. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Mc Elwee Funeral Directors or any family memberMEEHAN The death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Willie Meehan, Galdonagh, Manorcunningham. Requiem mass today at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Drumoghill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.PRIORThe death has taken place of Stephen Prior of Essex, England, and formerly of Rossnowlagh Road, Ballyshannon.  Suddenly. Reposing at his mother’s residence, Rossnowlagh Road, Ballyshannon, on Thursday from 4pm. Removal to St. Joseph’s Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon on Friday at 6:30pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12noon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH was last modified: July 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:death notices donegaljuly 13thlast_img read more

Car pulled out of Davie canal

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was rushed to the hospital, Sunday, after crashing his car into a Davie canal.A picture sent to 7News shows crews pulling the car onto dry land.The accident happened near Orange Drive and Davie Road.It remains unclear how the accident happened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img