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In the words of… Saint Francis of Assisi… “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.” This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her… We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ Encyclical 2015, Rome

Nature in the broadest context … [once seemed] inviolate and forever beyond man’s power to change it. Surely the vast cycles by which water is drawn up into the clouds to return again to the earth could never be touched. And just as surely the vast tides of life—the migrating birds—would continue to ebb and flow over the continents, marking the passage of the seasons. But… [now] even these things, that seemed to belong to the eternal verities, are not only threatened but have already felt the destroying hand of man… So nature does indeed need protection from man; but man, too, needs protection from his own acts, for he is part of the living world. His war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.

Rachel Carson

1962, commencement address, Scripps College, California

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave—to the ancient enemies of man—half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.

Adlai Stevenson

1965, his final speech to the United Nations, Geneva

As we intensify our struggle against the most extreme consequences, we must teach our people–especially our youth who are the heirs of future–how to practically, emotionally and spiritually survive and live in a world profoundly changed by global warming.

Fr. Paul Mayer

1931-2013, Co-founder of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and the Climate Crisis Coalition. From his 2013 memoirs, “Wrestling with Angels”

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