Action Alert


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Action Alert

Earth Day | April 20-22, 2021

Restore the Earth
The theme for Earth Day, 2021 is “Restore the Earth” and this year marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is a reminder that caring for nature, plants, the land and all the creatures, great and small is the responsibility of all “two leggeds” who call Earth home. Thomas Berry, an influential Christian philosopher who sought to shift the focus of religion from individual salvation to care of the Earth universe, reminds us that “the natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.” Really Earth Day is every day!

“Restore the Earth” may seem like an impossible task but each one of us has the ability to restore our Earth. “Focusing on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change.” We restore our Earth because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and survival, and happiness and a healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.” (earthday.org)

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. You too are invited to be a part of Earth Day and to do what you can to restore the Earth. Read more about Earth Day or watch this video.

Resources:

  • Take a quiz and see what you already know about Earth Day, climate change, nature, the oceans and conservation and so much more. You may surprise yourself with what you have learned over the years.

  • In June of 2015, Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’ was promulgated. This encyclical has been hailed as one of the most important documents of recent decades. Others have described Laudato Si’ as unprecedented and represents a “structural change” in how the world is confronting climate change and other environmental issues, such as pollution. (Mary Evelyn Tucker, Director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology). Learn more about the encyclical.

  • Sierra Club Earth Week of Action begins on April 22nd and for the next 10 days join with others all over the country to create a world where everyone thrives. To join text EARTH DAY to the number 69866 or sign up here for Earth Week of Action updates – so you don't miss a day's event! Throughout the 10 days, issues like protecting our democracy, the economic recovery plan, stopping the pipelines, and protecting lands and water as part of the climate solution will be the focus of action. Don’t miss 10 packed days of interactive and fun live events, powerful stories, and opportunities to create safe, healthy, and sustainable communities, throughout the country and the world.

  • EarthDay.org is the official Earth Day website for Earth Day. EarthDay.org works year-round in countries all over the world to promote action on these issues: climate action, science and education, people and communities, conservation and restoration, plastics and pollution.

    • Read articles about protecting, caring for and restoring our Earth.

    • On April 20 for the start Earth Day events, follow their platforms to join the discussion. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™.

    • Change starts with action, green action. Already billions of green actions have been taken by folks across the world. Learn about green actions and add to the count. 

 


Immigration

Justice for Immigrants
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – “in 2004, the Catholic bishops of the United States committed to immigration reform as a priority of the U.S. Catholic Church, and to creating a culture of welcome in which all migrants are treated with respect and dignity. A diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks joined the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) in an effort to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of goodwill in support of immigration reform.”

 


Human Trafficking

Talitha Kum
Talitha Kum" is an expression that is found in the Gospel of Mark (5:41). The words, translated from the Aramaic mean "young girl, I say to you, arise." These words are addressed by Jesus to the twelve-year-old daughter of Jairus, who lay apparently lifeless. After uttering these words, Jesus took her by the hand, and she immediately got up and walked. The worldwide network of consecrated life committed against trafficking of people chose the expression "Talitha Kum" to define their identity. Learn more.

Talitha Kum is an international organization with chapters all over the world. Get informed on the initiatives against human trafficking organized in your territory. Contact your local Talitha Kum network.

Other Resources:

 


Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Prevention
Have mass shootings become so commonplace in the United States that people hardly pay attention and unless there are large numbers of victims, the incidents receive little coverage in the media? We are four months into 2021 and already there have been more mass shootings than in all of 2020. President Biden has called gun violence an epidemic and an embarrassment for the United States. Gun violence and mass shootings cannot become a new normal.

Take Action:

  • The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has identified priority polices to the 117th Congress and at the top of their list is Universal Background Checks that eliminates all loopholes. Recent polls indicate that 84% of the population supports this policy and would support legislation that includes universal background checks. Read more.

  • EveryTown for Gun Safety has a plan to end gun violence that includes background checks on all gun sales, close the Charleston loophole, and disarm hate. 

  • Call your Senators and urge them to pass background check legislation. 

  • Every town and every state is impacted by gun violence. EveryTown for Gun Safety promotes evidence-based solutions to end gun violence. Learn more about these efforts. 

  • EveryTown for Gun Safety is at work in every state. See what is happening in your state

  • In January of 2020, The Economist - a publication that looks at politics, economics, business, science and technology - held the Open Future Festival in Chicago. Three leading campaigners against gun violence explored the problem of by asking the question, "What does gun violence look like and what should be done to stop it?" Watch a video of this presentation.

 


Nuclear Weapons

100 Seconds to Midnight: Doomsday Clock
The Doomsday Clock is currently set to 100 seconds to midnight. On January 27, 2021, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists sent this memo:

To: Leaders and citizens of the world
Re: This is your COVID wake-up call: It is 100 seconds to midnight on the Doomsday Clock.

What is the Doomsday Clock? This is a frequently asked question. Read about the Doomsday Clock. What can the ordinary person do to respond to this threat?

  • First, get smart about the problems. Nuclear weapons and climate change may seem to be outside our daily experience and beyond our control, but we all have a stake in avoiding untimely death. We want to live our lives free from destruction by nuclear weapons and from the growing scarcity of natural resources brought about by a warming planet. These interests in survival should motivate us to learn as much as we can about the powerful technologies that could destroy our way of life. Subscribe to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists newsletter.

  • Second, share what you’ve learned with others—in your family, workplace, church, school, or social media feeds. The more we talk to each other about what matters most—surviving and flourishing—the more confidence we’ll have about expressing our interests.

  • Representative Adam Smith (D.- WA) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D.-MA) have introduced the “No First Use" Bill for Nuclear Weapons. Call or write your Representatives and let them know where you stand on nuclear weapons and urge them to be a sponsor and/or support the No First Use Bill. Read about this legislation

  • The Biden Administration has announced that a return to the Iran Nuclear Deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is high on the agenda. Learn why a quick return to the Iran nuclear deal is needed to avoid a real nuclear crisis.

 


Climate Change

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives on April 1st with 28 co-sponsors. The bill would place a rising fee on carbon pollution that will get America to net zero emissions by 2050. Revenue from the fee would be distributed evenly to all Americans as monthly payments. Learn more about this legislation. What can you do?

  • Call your Representatives and urge them to support and/or sponsor the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021.

  • Join a local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

  • Become a member of the monthly calling campaign. Once a month you will receive instructions for calling your representative’s office along with suggestions for how to express your concerns and respectfully urge climate action.