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1 September Climate Webinar Preparing for the People’s Climate March:September 21, 2014

2 Overview of September Climate Webinar ▪ 4:00 Welcome and Overview ▪ 4:03 Opening prayer ▪ 4:05 Spiritual reflection ▪ 4:10 Introduction of William ▪ 4:13 Background on UN Climate Summit ▪ 4:28 The March ▪ 4:38 Local events ▪ 4:43 Discussion/Q&A ▪ 4:53 After the Summit ▪ 4:58 Closing ▪ Br. John Kerr TOR ▪ Janine Walsh ▪ Fr. Sam Fuller OFM Cap ▪ Kelly Moltzen ▪ William Camacaro ▪ Rev. Fletcher Harper ▪ Francesca Wigle, TSSF ▪ Br. John Kerr TOR

3 Opening Prayer “Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert” Adapted from a presentation by the School Sisters of Notre Dame

4 Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert Blessed are the heavens, for they declare the power of creation Blessed is the earth, our beloved home, for she is a planet of plentitude. Blessed are the waters, for they gave rise to living things. Blessed is the land, for it is the source of life abundant. Blessed is the air we breathe, for it fires us to life and love. Blessed are the beasts of the field, for they are glorious to behold. Blessed are the birds of the air, for they carve a graceful arc in the sky.

5 Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert (cont.) Blessed are the fields of grain, the orchards of fruit, for they give sustenance, asking nothing in return. Blessed are those who dwell on Earth, for they cherish the privilege of living upon it. Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are they that rejoice, for their joy is a blessing to all life. Blessed are they who protect the Earth and all her creatures, for their reward shall be harmony with the web of existence. Rejoice, and be glad, for the earth and her people are one.

6 Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert (cont.) For the sake of those facing rising temperatures, drought and water shortages, Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world. For the sake of those facing unpredictable weather, disrupted seasons, and failed crops, Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world. For the sake of those facing flooding, land loss, and salination of vital water supplies Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world.

7 Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert (cont.) For the sake of the poor, the vulnerable, and the refugee Creator God, in your mercy renew this damaged world For the sake of us all, Creator God, in your mercy recreate our hearts that we might partner with you to renew this damaged world, We ask you, Creator God to inspire our world leaders to take concrete action on behalf of the sustainability of Planet Earth and her community of life Give them the courage and resolve to secure a future for our planet and all species that call Earth “HOME.”

8 Spiritual Reflection with Fr. Sam Fuller OFM Cap

9 Canticle of the Creatures

10 Background: UN Climate Summit William Camacaro

11 ▪ Originally from Venezuela ▪ Co-founder of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York ▪ Artist, radio host, and longtime activist in New York City ▪ Holds a masters in fine art and Latino American Literature.


13 ▪ RIO DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Having met at Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992, Reaffirming the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, adopted at Stockholm on 16 June 1972, a/ and seeking to build upon it, With the goal of establishing a new and equitable global partnership through the creation of new levels of cooperation among States, key sectors of societies and people, Working towards international agreements which respect the interests of all and protect the integrity of the global environmental and developmental system, Recognizing the integral and interdependent nature of the Earth, our home. 27 Principles. No Ecocide

14 Speech at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, June 12, 1992 “ An important biological species is in danger of disappearing due to the fast and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions: mankind. We have now become aware of this problem when it is almost too late to stop it. It is necessary to point out that consumer societies are fundamentally responsible for the brutal destruction of the environment. They arose from the old colonial powers and from imperialist policies which in turn engendered the backwardness and poverty which today afflicts the vast majority of mankind. With only 20 percent of the world’s population, these societies consume two-thirds of the metals and three- fourths of the energy produced in the world. They have poisoned the seas and rivers, polluted the air, weakened and punctured the ozone layer, saturated the atmosphere with gases which are changing weather conditions with a catastrophic effect we are already beginning to experience. Tomorrow it will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.” FIDEL CASTRO ON ECOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

15 RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Building the People's World Movement for Mother Earth Cochabamba, Bolivia April 20-22 2010

16 PROPOSAL UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH ▪ Article 1. Mother Earth (1) Mother Earth is a living being. (2) Mother Earth is a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings. (3) Each being is defined by its relationships as an integral part of Mother Earth. ▪ Article 2. Inherent Rights of Mother Earth (1) Mother Earth and all beings of which she is composed have the following inherent rights: (a) the right to life and to exist; (b) the right to be respected; (c) the right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycles and processes free from human disruptions;



19 INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009 by the General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states.[1] It recognizes that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth." The term Mother Earth is used because it "reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit". It is decided to designate April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.[2]General AssemblyThe Plurinational State of Bolivia[1][2] General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann welcomed the creation of International Mother Earth Day, saying: "International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day; fostering shared responsibilities to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature is a cause that is uniting people around the world."[3]Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann[3]

20 Social PreCOP Preparatory Meeting, July 15 -18, 2014 Margarita Island, Venezuela Changing the system, not the climate

21 Updates on the People’s Climate March with Rev. Fletcher Harper

22 PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH UPDATES LOGISTICS Route Step-off time Signage and belongings Pre-March prayers St. John the Divine service


24 PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH UPDATES: MATERIALS Fliers Sermon tips Newsletter articles Announcements List-serves

25 PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH UPDATES: HOUSING Individuals and instututions Sign up at Information at peoples-climate-march/ Information at

26 Local Event Ideas Francesca Wigle, TSSF

27 What do We do After the March? Resources for local events ▪ Websites: ▪ ▪ Sierra club: ▪ Franciscan Action Network: ▪ GreenFaith: ▪ Interfaith Power and Light: policy/peoples-climate-march/ policy/peoples-climate-march/ ▪ WE ACT:

28 Prayer Dear St. Francis, Remind us of the power of everyday acts of kindness, love, and caring. Just as you rebuilt God’s Church with your example, help us to do the same. Inspire us with new energy in our hearts, new ways in our thoughts, new actions in our lives, and new unity to work together. Lead us on the paths to act now so we can pass on to our children and our children’s children and their children a livable, abundant, fertile, and still beautiful planet on which to live. Through Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

29 After the Summit Next Steps following the March and UN Climate Summit

30 Climate Campaign Next Steps… ▪ Recap the PCM and FAN events ▪ Post-Summit activities ▪ St. Francis as Patron of Ecology 35 th Anniversary (Nov. 29 th ) ▪ Psychological Impacts of Climate Change ▪ Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Fee and Dividend Carbon Tax

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