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The oceans may produce more than a high tide

In recent years, we have become more and more aware of how vulnerable our oceans are to climate change. The Arctic Ocean is capped by frozen seawater, called sea ice. This melts during the Northern Hemisphere spring and summer months.








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Human rights for victims of climate change

The anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last December 10 reminds us that migrants fleeing war and the economic effects of climate change have rights that must be respected.

The growing intolerance towards these unfortunate people is detestable and must be contested and denounced. 








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Ecological conversion and mercy

During the Jubilee of Mercy, seven churches have been designated in Hong Kong as places of pilgrimage where people can prepare themselves to receive God’s mercy.

In a document declaring the Jubilee, entitled The Face of Mercy, Pope Francis stresses that the Church should care for the welfare of the underprivileged and future generations.








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A year of tightening screws on freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The year 2015 opened with an appeal from Pope Francis to use shopping habits to help make peace. He pointed out that a modern form of slavery exists in the sweatshop, which sows the seeds of tension across the world and discerning shopping is part of addressing this.

While the topic of climate change and protection of the natural environment has been on the world agenda for years, it had never raised much more than a ripple in the Church.

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Paris may cool the air but freeze ambition

HONG KONG (SE): Reflecting on the agreement made by world leaders at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change on December 12 at his midday talk on December 13, Pope Francis drew a connection between the Ministerial Conference on World Trade that was scheduled to be held in Nairobi on December 15, as well as with the opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy in cathedrals around the world.

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The pope is faithful to the watch

In his encyclical, Praise Be: On Care for our common home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis applauds current efforts to “substitute fossil fuel and develop sources of renewable energy… and to develop adequate storage capacity” (No.26).








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Prayer climate in Notre Dame

PARIS (SE): The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, played host to an Ecumenical 

Celebration of Creation on December 3, as the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change was completing its fourth day of negotiations.

The packed cathedral welcomed representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Coalition, Caritas Network, Franciscan Action Network and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Interfaith book on climate justice

LAHORE (SE): A book called The Sacredness of Creation: Spiritual Responsibility of Muslims and Christians to Care for our Common Home—Planet Earth was launched on November 9 in Lahore, Pakistan.

The publication is a collection of papers from a Muslim-Christian symposium on the environment held during February 2014.

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Hindu declaration on climate change

HONG KONG (SE): Over 60 leaders and organisations from the Hindu faith signed the Hindu Declaration on Climate Change, which was released on November 23.

The declaration is an initiative of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies—Bhumi Project, the Hindu American Foundation and an interfaith organisation, GreenFaith, together with an interfaith campaign for climate action, OurVoices.

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Climate sinners named in petition

PARIS (Agencies): A petition has been filed with the Philippine Human Rights Commission against what is termed Carbon Majors for the violation of the people’s human rights resulting from the impact on climate change from their high level polluting industrial activity in the country.

Twenty individuals and 13 environmental groups in The Philippines have signed the petition, which was filed in September.

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