Applaud Bishops for Urging Action to Address Climate Change

Power Plant

Target: Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Goal: Thank the bishops for their letter urging environmental regulators to curb power plant pollution

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently issued a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging it to find ways to end the pollution created by power plants. The bishops cited this as a moral issue, and one they were prepared to tackle with the help of the Obama Administration and US Congress.

In their May 29th letter the USCCB requested that the EPA develop specific standards to handle the situation, and argued that these standards “should protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities, from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.”

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who authored the letter, said that “the USCCB recognizes the importance of finding means to reduce carbon pollution” and the “damaging impacts from climate-related events in the United States and across the globe, particularly on poor and vulnerable communities.” He then urged the US to lead the global movement to end climate change.

This letter, and other pollution-stopping efforts being made by the Catholic Church, should be applauded and replicated. If enough powerful voices urge the EPA and US Government to take action, then action is far more likely to occur. Thank and support the USCCB and the Catholic Church for their fight to end climate change.


Dear Archbishop Wenski,

I would like to thank you for your recent letter to the EPA asking them to take action against pollution and climate change. It was a well-informed letter expressing a commitment to morality and to the survival of the human race.

The ways we humans affect the world, and the way pollution affects us, deserve more of a spotlight. Your letter not only highlighted the issue but was a call to action that change must happen. The EPA often talks of how to improve our current situation, but rarely steps up to the plate. Your letter presented both an accurate sense of urgency and a commitment to unite with them to fix this global problem.

As a person who cares deeply about the fate of our planet, I thank you again for your letter. No one person alone can solve climate change, but if we stand together we can save our only home.


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Photo credit: Stefan Kühn, via Wikimedia Commons

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