US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Green wrapping paper for Christmas

By Megan Sweas |
blog Culture

Interesting that as we approach the last week for you to take our survey on going green for Christmas, I received a publicity email today about two new companies selling reusable gift wrap.

You might not be thinking about gifts yet, but it might be a good idea to order your gift wrap now. I know I need to do so. As I wrote in Have yourself a green Christmas, wrapping paper is the next area in which I want to go green. (Do you think it's a good idea or that I'm crazy/a Grinch? Take the survey!)

Why should parishes go green?

By Kristen Hannum |
Article Your Faith
Five reasons Catholic communities should care about cleaning up the environment.

1. You don't have to believe in climate change to believe in its solution. Energy conservation and alternative energy use mean healthier children, improved national security, and lower heating and cooling bills for families and parishes. It's a "no regrets" strategy.

Can Catholics go greener?

By Bryan Cones |
blog Your Faith

I was pleased to read today of a new Catholic initiative on climate change, the Catholic Climate Covenant, which was introduced yesterday by Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, according to a New York Times blog. Catholic insitutions--schools, hospitals, and parishes--together could make a big difference in our collective carbon footprint. The press conference focused especially on the effects of climate change on the poor of the developing world.

Special Section: The environment

Online Editor |
Article Culture

Climate change, nonrenewable resources, mountain top removal. When it comes to the environment, the earth is getting the short end of the stick. As Earth Day approaches this April, our home planet can be a ball of confusion. What should we do? What shouldn't we do? Here are some ideas and resources to help you sort it all out—and recycle it!

Oil rigging?

By Kevin Clarke |
blog Culture

Change the climate in Washington

By Daniel Misleh |
Article News
The poor are victims of our failure to protect the environment.

Important climate change legislation outlined last summer provided funds to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change. Just before the Senate was to consider the legislation, however, these provisions had vanished.

"To be honest with you," a Senate aide told representatives of the faith community, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "the provisions don't get us any of the extra votes we need."