Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Make divestment from fossil fuels a part of the moral argument on climate change.
The Catholic Church has become involved in the climate change debate or the first time in recorded history. Science has long shown the environmental impacts of our actions, and now Pope Francis has made climate change a moral issue as well.
Recently, His Holiness released an encyclical–the highest teaching in the Catholic Church–in which he calls Earth both Mother and Sister and states that “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.” He further states, “the climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.”
Each point laid out in this encyclical urges and challenges all inhabitants of the earth, regardless of religious belief, to take steps to reduce waste, decrease their carbon foot print, and live more harmoniously with the riches of Earth. This is an excellent beginning.
Pope Francis, as a moral leader, as leader of one of the largest religions, must also lead by example. The Vatican needs to take the lead in divesting funds from fossil fuel and reinvesting in renewable energy sources. Tell Pope Francis you support his stance and demand the Vatican divest from fossil fuels.
Dear Pope Francis,
Thank you for the strong stance on climate change in your recent encyclical. Acknowledging our part in abusing Earth’s resources and making this a moral issue has been a boon for all working to alleviate the effects of climate change. Having a moral backing for what science has been telling us truly begins to unite everyone about climate change effects.
As the leader of one of the largest world religions and someone many non-Catholics also look to for moral guidance, leading by example is also an important factor in sending a message and creating change. By divesting Vatican money from fossil fuels and reinvesting in renewable energy sources, a strong message is sent to other investors to do the same. Each divestment also sends a strong message to the fossil fuel industry and encourages them to convert their production to something more sustainable.
We, the undersigned, commend you for your encyclical teaching and ask that those words be followed with action by divesting Vatican money from fossil fuels.
[Your Name Here]
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