40% of the food purchased in the U.S. ends up in the trash. That’s about 55 million tons of food waste per year. Not wasting food is a great way to help conserve resources, slow global warming, and save an estimated $6oo per household per year. Read more at NPR: How that Food You Throw Out is Linked to Global Warming
Pope Francis has said, “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” He has also said that when mankind loses respect for nature, “ecological problems arise, like global warming.” President Obama is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US by 17% in 2020. Read about his plan in The New York Times here: Obama puts legacy at Stake With Clean Air Act.
Catholics need to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota non-violently resisting the construction of an oil pipeline on their land for four major reasons. More from Anna Keating and watch the video after the jump:
Why has Pope Francis written an encyclical about climate change? Why has he named polluting the environment a sin and caring for creation a work of mercy? Watch The National Geographic Film “Before the Flood” after the jump: