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Save Our One Home
     Climate change is occurring on our planet (our one home) whether we are paying attention to it or not. Gradually things are happening that will end up causing great calamities to all forms of life. This is a process that scientists have predicted will be facing mankind in a most dramatic way over the next several decades.
     The effects are already being felt in many nations of our world. Even the United States of America has begun to feel the impacts in some of the major storms that have ravaged our coastlines as well as catastrophic draughts that are currently becoming more and more problematic along the western border of our country.
     What do we do? Ignore the impending disasters? Hope that scientists will find a solution before it's too late? What we are facing is a moral problem of epic proportions that has been predicted for years and years but has now come to the attention of our modern world thanks to Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, who dramatically details the problems that we face in his encyclical published in June, 2015 called
     This project  was developed to begin to lay down the foundation as we Americans come to grips with a future that  is fast approaching; how we can play a part in undoing the damage our own and generations before us have so readily benefited from, often at others' expense; and what we, as people of faith, can begin to do now to improve the chances of future sustainability for God's creation of Planet Earth before time slips away...
"Laudato Si': On Care of Our Common Home"

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     Most of us refer to Pope Francis' document on the environment simply as "Laudato Si' ", simply translated as "Praise be to you". As the pope points out, these words are taken from a canticle written by St. Francis of Assisi describing how Francis so respects God's creation that he refers to created objects as his brother/sister.
     As a young man his life could be characterized as one of reckless hedonism. But after a period of abasement and self-searching Francis abandoned himself from his early profligate lifestyle to seriously give himself fully to God's ever-present mercy. He completely rejected his prior pretentiousness and took on a life of austere simplicity. Soon others joined him, impressed with his generosity and new-found peace, and attracted to the conversion that had occurred within the heart and soul of Francis.
     They discovered in the “existential fringes”: the poor, homeless, diseased outcasts of society of their day, a rich sisterhood/brotherhood that lived life closer to the fullness of the Gospel in spite of the hardships and suffering endured. Crosses were transformed into joy; service to neighbor brought new hope and fervor; compassion, solidarity with the sacrifice of Christ himself. Francis’ oneness with Creation became his “trademark.” All was prayer and presented back to God as praise “Laudato si, mi Signore” in thanksgiving for his enduring love.
     In his humility Francis never considered himself worthy of ordination to the priesthood but is well-known for the expression: “Preach always, use words sometimes.” This speaks volumes to the character of this man that lived just 45 years but whose actions still resound throughout the world to bring realization of a Church in ceaseless need of maturation and reform.
 

Imperatives for Moving Forward - Climate Justice for All

 WE ARE DEDICATED TO HALTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND BEAUTIFYING GOD'S EARTH THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS USING POPE FRANCIS' ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT "LAUDATO SI' " AS A BLUEPRINT FOR OUR WORK 
  1. Vision
    "On Care of Our Common Home" tells us that care for God's precious creation is one of the great challenges of our time and that all humankind must respond as we share this, our one home. As we consider our own role in response to the challenge of saving our one home we must equip ourselves with the message of hope that Pope Francis outlines in his encyclical. You are encouraged to read and reflect thoughtfully on his words and practical vision for moving forward. Some will find that God is calling them to a role of support, be it through prayer, donations to the movement, clothing, feeding, housing for those on front-line missions and ministries. Others will assume more active roles, possibly, for many, requiring performing courageous acts, selflessly making life-giving decisions, similar to how martyrs of past ages (and today!) have had to do. Every person who is willing and has the ability, no matter how insignificant it may seem is called and is thus encouraged to participate in this Earth-saving, pro-life, complex effort. Although at times it may appear to be in utter turmoil we believe God will empower us with such strength in faith, hope and love.
  2. Design
    The vision that so fills us with hope is the cooperative effort of the billions who have no further options left than to renew the face of our one home. Any competitive or self-aggrandizing activities will be directed fully to this cooperative effort. For the period that it takes to complete what is needed no property will be considered "private" as one may be called to any location where their skills are needed. All able humankind will be needed for this gigantic effort that could take up to 30 years after ratification to accomplish. The generations following ours will be proud and pleased that such a conscientious process of saving our one home was realized. And certainly some fruit in the form of a more kind, considerate, cooperative and even loving environment may result from the sacrificial efforts we ourselves made to see that God's creation is preserved. We will be transformed to renew the hearts of so many others as humankind is propelled to heights that can only now be dreamed of. Peace could truly be lived and suffering, though never eliminated, would be greatly eased as a richer degree of love would permeate human nature!
  3. Construct
    Once ratified, the construct of a renewed world according to the blueprint of Laudato Si' begins. Scientists, engineers, professionals from every discipline sit down to discuss the possibilities for this massive project, its priorities, its limitations, its goals, and begin to formulate the manpower needed and how the economy of nations will continue to function during the interim as the project proceeds. At the same time though smaller, life enhancing things can be done such as replacing fossil fuel sources of energy with sustainable sources. This process will more likely be occurring throughout the period the project is proceeding. The hope is eventually this becomes a world-wide project and as the pope says: we should strive for the ultimate common good (the best for all of creation). Funding for the conversion effort as well as most of the resources needed for this great project must be expected of industrialized nations. This is only fair also due to the imperialistic means that they have used through the years to dominate the less developed nations - a practice that it is hoped will desist once the renewal is complete.
Quotes from "Laudato Si':
​On Care of Our Common Home"
Integral ecology: simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. Paragraph 230

Our inability to think seriously about future generations is linked to our inability to broaden the scope of our present interests and to give consideration to those who remain excluded from development. Let us not only keep the poor of the future in mind, but also today’s poor, whose life on this earth is brief and who cannot keep on waiting. Paragraph 162

We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. Paragraph 139

The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimental effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. Paragraph 159
Project Profile
Are you waiting for our government to act on climate change? Do you think the problem of climate change will affect other parts of the world but will not our country? Is the problem of climate change just too big, too overwhelming for you to begin to comprehend? If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, keep reading because there really is hope!
     The hope for our world to peacefully bring an end to global warming is directly in the hands of the citizens of our country (the USA) with cooperation of other developed nations. But it starts with US. Each one of the citizens of our country plays a part in this effort after the initial decisions are made in the next five to seven years.
     We can begin planning but first we must be educated. The education piece is where this website can be helpful. Several videos are available that will give you the opportunity to see where you fit into the picture. A pilot training team will soon begin to be formed in the Washington, DC area of young men and women to go into the community to spread the word of changes that can be anticipated over the next few decades.
     This pilot will then be tried in other parts of the country and perfected so that eventually it will sweep the nation so all citizens will be aware and prepared. This effort will be like none other experienced in history, though it will in some ways be modeled after the US war effort prior to our country's entry into the conflict in Europe in World War II. For it to be successful every able man, woman and child will have to have some involvement.
     Below is a rough estimate of the series of steps and timeline for accomplishing each before year 2030. Right at this moment it may not seem to be essential to keep to a timeline but as various weather-related instances occur, this will become more evident.
     You will also see that there is a religious aspect to this plan. People of faith will understand this better than those with no faith tradition. No judgment will be made against persons with no faith, but people of faith know that only through the grace and mercy of God will a project like this one be accomplished. This is why they must go to Him before they can even conceive of working toward viable solutions to this complex set of problems.

​This project which is in the process of formulation and solidification is based on months of prayer and meditation on the encyclical of Pope Francis.

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Projected Timeline for Climate Change Initiative
2017-2020 - Education and non-violent citizen action (sit-ins, boycots, demonstrations, marches, rallies, etc.)**

2020-2024 - Cooperative analysis by experts in all fields, prioritizing needed changes

2022-2025 - Legislative changes, financial adjustments, legal matters

2025-2030 - Implementation of legislative initiatives, additional legal matters, infrastructure and security issues

** non-violent citizen action will be necessary until all buy into the need for change - for some this may never take place, for most upcoming drought and storms here and abroad will be enough to convince
Our First Steps


First things:
     1) Raise money (beginning March 1, 2017)
     2) Hire 2-3 passionate climate justice supporters (April 1, 2017)
     3) Recruit 25 to 50 young people (below age 30) for pilot (April-May 2017)
     4) Training (May-June 2017)
Summer 2017
     Climate justice awareness education program in Southeast Washington DC
​Fall 2017
     Evaluation of program and update-correction

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