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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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COVID-19 and Climate Change

May 06, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA


"COVID-19 & Climate Change" a Climate Action webinar that I viewed a few days ago explored how addressing the two major global concerns, COVID-19 and Climate Change will impact the future. It is already well documented that the general shut down has had a positive impact on the atmosphere. As the crisis subsides the choice for the governments of the world is to do nothing and return to the unacceptable levels of carbon emissions prior to COVID-19, to roll back restrictions to stimulate fossil fuel production sectors, thus causing greater harm to the climate, or to rebuild green, clean and more resilient to deadly viruses. A statement from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the potential awaiting our nation. 

"As the country continues grappling with the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress is debating and passing a series of legislative packages to provide relief for the critically ill, our frontline responders, and the millions of workers losing their jobs. These economic stimulus packages will lay the groundwork for how we rebuild the economy. We must ensure Congress invests in the future we want: an equitable economy based on clean energy, clean transportation, and sustainable farming, and a healthy democracy that represents all people and allows science to better serve the public."

Seize this opportunity to tell Congress and the President that you want recovery efforts to focus on climate investment and climate technology to rebuild a healthier world for all. 

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