CLIMATE ACTION to Take TODAY

Day of Action against Denial

Mary A. Colborn, Climate Action to Take Today

Mary A. Colborn, Climate Action to Take Today

If there ever was a time when your participation, your voice is needed, that time is now. Senate confirmation hearings will begin this week on Capitol Hill for the cabinet nominees of President-Elect Donald Trump.

Never, even in George W. Bush’s presidency, has such an alarming cache of climate change deniers been selected to lead our governmental agencies. Each one has ties to the fossil fuel industry or has voiced climate change denial rhetoric, like Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State, who just resigned as CEO of Exxon-Mobile and took home over $170 million in compensation and Scott Pruitt, who has fought regulations put forth by the very agency he is slated to lead.

With a Republican Senate, these selectees will be confirmed without delay, in spite of significant concerns with the vetting process used by the Trump transition team or lack thereof. Many of these nominees have failed to sign ethics agreements and many have significant financial holdings that have not been properly assessed for conflicts of interest or ties to foreign entities.

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CLIMATE ACTION is the ultimate pro-life movement.

Reclaiming the Narrative

Mary A. Colborn, Climate Action is the Ultimate Pro-life Movement

A few years ago my sister and I cleared away an old forgotten pile of wood on our family farm. As we were moving branch after branch and stacking chunks of wood, we startled a well-camouflaged toad. It responded to our intrusion by creeping deeper into the pile. Each time we shifted the pile and uncovered the toad, we’d call out to each other, “Watch out for the toad. Be careful you don’t hurt him.” Slowly, the pile dwindled and finally there was no wood left and no place to hide. Still the toad made an attempt by covering itself with a cluster of dry leaves. I was ready to wrap up the task, leave the toad where it was and find a new project, when my sister called out to my brother to come over and rake the site. Unfortunately, the first thing he did upon arriving was to make a swing with the rake toward the toad’s leafy hiding place. Together, my sister and I screamed out, “Watch out for the toad.”

I have no idea how the toad fared, because our little outburst set off a three hour rant. Shamed by us, my brother ranted and railed for hours about the “the crazy liberals who care more about the lives of toads than babies.” In confusion, I tried to explain that there were no babies present and certainly none at risk of being harmed. He just went deeper into his rant about abortion, adding insults on my character, focusing on the insane notion that I wanted to kill babies to save animals, like toads. As he continued his rant against “crazy environmentalists,” he grew more and more profane. I finally abandoned the work site for my own safety and left.

I tell you this story, not to share my personal struggles with right-wing family members, but to suggest instead that it is time for those of us who love the Earth to take back the narrative. We must get people to understand that our care for nature includes a deep and defining love for all life in it and upon it. We must make others know that we stand up for clean water, as so many of us did at Standing Rock and in Flint, because we love people. We recognize that people need clean air and clean water, as much as they need a connection to nature.

I say this, because we environmentalists have failed to adequately convey that we believe people matter and all life matters.Read more

The World Marches! – November 29

world marches Nov 29

This coming weekend the World Marches!!! Join us

Mary ColbornBy Mary Colborn

Hello everyone,

This fall I accepted a job with the Global Catholic Climate Movement as a global march coordinator. It’s a job that has stretched me as I field calls with global partners organizing climate marches in faraway places from Lahore, Pakistan and Jakarta, Indonesia to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila in the Philippines. Like you, I watched in horror as the attacks on Paris unfolded, wondering what it all meant for us as a people committed to climate justice and peace. You wonder how can we respond to a threat so powerful and scary? The answer is simple. We respond by marching, all of us together as one world, one human family. 

world marches with Global Catholic Climate MovementParis organizers had been planning a climate march equivalent or even bigger than the one that happened in NYC last September where 400,000 attended (including many of us from SW Michigan) to precede the COP21 Climate Summit that is starting on November 30th. Hundreds of thousands of people were planning to descend on Paris when world leaders from 200 countries came together to discuss creating an agreement to take action on climate change. The attacks have left everyone in grief and fear, but the resolve has not dissipated. It has only grown stronger. Read more

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Global Catholic Climate Movement worldwide march November 29

The world marches November 29 with the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Mary ColbornBy Mary Colborn

Hello everyone,

This fall I accepted a job with the Global Catholic Climate Movement. It has left me very busy. As you, I watched in horror as the attacks on Paris unfolded, wondering what it all meant. Isis is powerful and scary. You wonder how we can respond.

Global Catholic Climate MarchParis organizers had been planning a climate march equivalent or even bigger than the one that happened in NYC last September where 400,000 attended (including many of us from SW Michigan) to preceed the COP21 Climate Summit that is starting on November 30th. Hundreds of thousands of people were planning to descend on Paris when world leaders from 200 countries came to discuss creating an agreement to take action on climate change. ISIS has left everyone in grief and fear.Read more

West Michigan Peoples’ Climate March: Faith in Action, Standing in Solidarity with Pope Francis

West Michigan Peoples’ Climate March will call for stewardship of our ‘Common Home’ and Her resources, and a renewed commitment to one another.

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Farm and Faith

West Michigan Peoples' Climate MarchTo talk about my connection to the Earth and how it is intimately tied to my faith, I have to go back to my early years growing up on a family farm in Allegan. My mother used to tell a story about how as a toddler I reached for a nearby statue of the Virgin Mary when I was in the throes of a deadly fever. Born on September 8, the day designated on a Catholic calendar as the Feast Day for Mary, the mother of Jesus, my mother had appropriately named me in her honor. My early life on the farm meshed the worlds of faith and farm beautifully. They were intimately connected and there was no conflict. All life was protected and honored, however small and seemingly insignificant.

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