Carolyn 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, CRS
Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 79 — Ilagan 17, Faundo 11, Batino 10, De Leon 9, Bulanadi 7, Collado 6, Jeruta 5, Siruma 5, Santos 4, Capobres 3, Costelo 2, David 0, Lao 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 73 — Jackson 19, Hallare 16m Dionisio 14, Pare 8, Ambuludto 4, Rubio 4, Bitoon 3, Rebugio 3, Fontanilla 2, Acuno 0, Alcober 0.Quarters: 18-16, 31-31, 55-46, 79-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “Thank God, we were able to survive again,” quipped coach Stevenson Tiu as his side rose to 6-3. “These games are crucial if we want to get a good placing in the playoffs.”Che’Lu-San Sebastian built a 11-point lead, 55-44, late in the third quarter and seemed poised to cruise to an easy victory after leading, 71-57 with 3:30 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut Trevis Jackson and Aris Dionisio teamed up for Gamboa-St. Clare’s huge 16-4 blast to get within two, 75-73, in the last 23.4 seconds.Samboy De Leon blew his chances to ice the game after missing a pair of freebies with 17.1 ticks left, but quickly atoned for his miscue as he grabbed the offensive board and canned his foul shots in his second go-round, 77-73, with 15.2 seconds left. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 5 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings De Leon wound up with nine points and nine rebounds, while Alfred Batino got 10 markers and six boards in the victory.The Revellers missed the services of lead forward Michael Calisaan, who is nursing a fractured left elbow after their last game against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum last week.“We talked about in practice that anybody can step up for us. Che’Lu isn’t just Michael Calisaan, but it’s the team,” said Tiu.Jackson caught fire late for the Coffee Lovers, unfurling 11 of his 19 points in the final frame, alongside five rebounds and three assists.Dionisio chipped in 14 markers and 12 boards, while Junjie Hallare had 16 points and six rebounds in the defeat for Gamboa-St. Clare (3-3).ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian survived a late rally from Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare to take the 79-73 victory and stretch its winning run to four in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.RK Ilagan scattered 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds to lead the Revellers, while Jeepy Faundo added a double-double of 11 markers and 11 boards in the win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.