Vatican calls on Catholics to divest from fossil fuels

by Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill


  • The Vatican has released “Journeying Towards Care For Our Common Home,” a  225-page encyclical calling on all church bishops to divest from fossil fuels in efforts to slow the climate crisis
  • The document also calls on Catholics to drop support for companies that support abortion and armaments
  • Pope Francis has also recently called on countries to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement that helps reduce emissions globally 
  • The Pope also told oil executives that the time to act on protecting the environment is now: 

“We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires our decisive action, here and now” 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to ending the climate crisis. To read more stories on divestment efforts, visit our Divestment news page.

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McKibben says there’s nothing radical about climate protection

Bill McKibben, a world leader on climate protection, spoke at Sonoma State University on October 19. For me he proved the value of preaching to the choir. I came away completely inspired.

Highlights of what McKibben said:

  • The most important thing an individual can do is not be so much of an individual. It’s not me, it’s us. Movements are what change the systems that now have us emitting greenhouse gas and heating the earth.
  • Four to five per cent of the population, if engaged, are enough to turn things around.
  • There’s nothing radical about what we’re fighting for. Just the opposite. What’s radical is the oil executive willing to forfeit the future for profit.
  • In the Democratic platform is a pledge that if Clinton becomes president there will be an emergency climate summit within the first 100 days of her administration.
  • The top action for California is to stop fracking.

More information with many links to McKibben’s material: