March 3, 2015
We are developing a “Path to Paris” agenda for education and advocacy leading up to the Paris climate talks in December. Included in this are:
Justice coordinators from throughout the Institute, including from the US, Argentina and Panama, will be in DC Feb. 27-March 2 to continue to explore the deeper meaning of sustainability and what that means for advocacy, education of our networks, and living into practices and policies that align with our concern for vulnerable people, communities and cultures and Earth herself. As one step, we are now drafting a letter to Pope Francis thanking him for preparing an environmental encyclical, outlining our concerns from our analysis and sisters’ lived experience, and expressing hopes that he will as he has in the past connect concerns for Earth with a critique of the economic system at the root of all of those concerns.
We continue to work with faith partners to address excesses in extractive industries, including environmental degradation and human rights abuses. We are now exploring how we might join with others to influence institutions, such as the World Bank, that play out-sized roles in development in addition to speaking out against specific abuses in areas in which we have a presence. We recognize the importance of addressing patterns of mining abuses, such as criminalization of protesters, that are playing out around the world.
We hope to work closely with Aine in advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals and look forward to learning more about how we might be helpful from our perch in Washington, D.C.
Messages to: Marianne Comfort