We, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston and Associates - as individuals, as local communities, as Congregation, as peoples of the earth, in the spirit of our charism of unity and reconciliation, call ourselves to transformation of our relationship with the earth and all creation.
Joining together in the struggle to live out this call, we commit ourselves:
- To contemplate and proclaim the presence of God in the whole of creation.
- To recognize the web of life…the unity and interdependence of all creation.
- To cherish the earth as our sacred home, to reverence her holiness, and to rejoice in her beauty.
- To initiate or support efforts to heal the earth's damaged environment, to restore balance and harmony to the natural life-processes of the earth as an expression of our charism of reconciliation.
- To reaffirm our call to stand with the poor in their struggle for justice by sharing the finite resources of the planet justly.
- To insure the fullness of life for future generations by adopting lifestyles, values and practices which help to sustain renewable resources and preserve the diversity of creation. In simplicity and joy, we commit ourselves to being Passionate lovers of God's earth.
Climate Change Statement - US Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph
As US Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, "We live and work that all may be One." We are concerned for all of God's Creation and our Sisters and Brothers everywhere. Earth which reflects God's glory is in great peril. We accept scientific evidence that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity. The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its February 2007 report states: "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level." We accept our responsibility to find solutions to this devastation of Earth, and to act accordingly and immediately.
Pope John Paul II wrote, "Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the Earth as we have in the past. …a new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge." (The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility, December 1989)
Since we all share the same atmosphere, this is a global issue which affects all creation. The United States alone adds almost six billion tons of carbon dioxide every year, to the atmosphere. This contributes mightily to climate change. All creation suffers the consequences.
Our Church reminds us: "The consequences of climate change…will impact first and foremost the poorest and weakest who, even if they are among the least responsible for global warming, are the most vulnerable because they have limited resources or live in areas of greater risk." (Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican Representative to the United Nations, May 10, 2007)
We urge our government officials to join the world community enact legislation which will reduce the emissions of global greenhouse gas (GHG) and to immediately sign the Kyoto Treaty as a sign of our nation's commitment to reducing global warming. We call on all people of the U.S. -- and we commit ourselves -- to reduce carbon emissions by our activities and life styles so that all of God's people, particularly the poor and vulnerable, will not suffer the devastating consequences of climate change. We recognize that what we do to Earth, we do to ourselves! Therefore, as the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, we commit ourselves to support all LIFE on Earth.
- The Leadership Council of the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph