It seems that, all of a sudden, everything is green.
(Almost) everyone’s an environmentalist. And global warming, which not long ago was still the subject of some controversy, is (almost) everyone’s priority.
Today, students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese of NY are coming to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers for a conference about global climate change. It’s called On Global Climate Change and the Environment: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Called to Be Stewards of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Creation.”
The conference is being supported with a grant from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who are increasingly outspoken about global warming. As far back as 2001, the bishops “said”:http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/globalclimate.shtml this:
“At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both “the human environment” and the natural environment. It is about our human stewardship of God’s creation and our responsibility to those who come after us. With these reflections, we seek to offer a word of caution and a plea for genuine dialogue as the United States and other nations face decisions about how best to respond to the challenges of global climate change.”
Today’s gathering in Yonkers will bring together students from numerous schools, including Monsignor Farrell, Mount St. Michael Academy, The Ursuline School, St. Francis Xavier, Moore Catholic, John F. Kennedy. Mother Cabrini, Iona Prep and Preston High School.
A statement from the archdiocese’s Education Department said this:
“Organizers of conference want to help young students realize that they are entering an era when the ecological balance of their planetÃ¢â‚¬â€the taken-for-granted environmentÃ¢â‚¬â€can no longer be taken for granted and that community-wide and world-wide collaborative action is necessary to restore that balance.”