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SAVING EARTH



ON SEPTEMBER 8--DEMAND REAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

It's people power, not our President, who hold the power to transition to 100% renewable energy. That's why people are coming together on September 8 before the Global Climate Action Summit to demand real climate leadership. Please plan on joining this movement on Saturday, September 8. It will be a day for communities all over the world to commit to the kind of bold climate action we need: a just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all.

Why September 8? That's the Saturday before state and local leaders from across the U.S. and around the planet are meeting in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. Every local leader is invited to make a commitment at the summit--so it's the perfect opportunity for us to push them to take real climate action that protects our climate, jobs, and justice. Hundreds of organizations will be joining too, eg: 350.org, Green Faith, Sierra Club, SEIU and many more.

Put this date on your calendars now and join in the activities in your communities. Watch for more information when we get closer to that date. Thank you!

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The USCCB is focusing on particular parts of the climate change issue. Our efforts promote prudent action to address the growing impact of global climate change and pursue the common good in a very polarized debate. The bishops' primary concern is to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of climate legislation. Poor people cannot be made to bear an undue burden of the impacts of climate change or the global adjustments needed to address it.

People living in poverty--both at home and abroad--contribute least to climate change but they are likely to suffer its worst consequences with few resources to adapt and respond. The impacts of climate change--including increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts--are making the lives of the world's poorest even more precarious. Urgent action that both addresses the growing impact of climate change and acts to protect the poor and vulnerable is needed.

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17.6 pounds--Weight of the plastic bags and other packaging found in the stomach of a pilot whale after it was declared dead in Southern Thailand on June 1.

69%--Americans who support capping greenhouse-gas emissions. (Frances Moore in "America Is Less Polarized Than You Think")

2020--Year by which California will require almost all new homes to be built with solar panels.

60,000--Number of troops mobilized in China to plant trees; they were reportedly withdrawn from border areas where they'd been stationed in a bid to plant new forests in an area roughly the size of Ireland by the end of 2018.

30K--Total square miles in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, all of which would be opened to oil and gas exploration under Trump's proposed policies (Glyn Peterson)

--Seven in 10 Americans--including almost half of self-identified Trump voters--favored our staying in the Paris climate agreement, according to a Yale poll.