NOTE: Pax Christi USA has signed onto this effort.
If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.
The movement to divest from fossil fuels has always hinged on a fundamentally moral argument: Investment in the fossil fuel industry is wrong. Climate change is unjust.
These are precepts that Christians and non-Christians alike can agree on. In the past two years, hundreds of universities, cities, and faith communities have rallied around the idea of fossil fuel divestment, calling on institutions to align their investments with their moral principles and send a clear symbolic message: The actions of this industry are incompatible with a livable planet, and we are taking a stand against it.
Many leaders have responded, with institutions like the Unitarian Universalists, the United Church of Christ, and the World Council of Churches committing to fossil fuel divestment in just the past few months. In June, the University of Dayton became the first Catholic University to divest.
The tide is turning. Now it’s time to divest the Vatican…
2 thoughts on “TAKE ACTION: Ask Pope Francis to divest the Vatican from fossil fuels”
Never ask another to do something you have not done yourself. >Have all members of Pax Christi divested themselves of fossil fuels? >I haven’t and I do not know how it would be possible as >I live in a rural area and I don’t think I can walk or ride a horse >all the way to the doctor who is 30 miles away. >Maybe all members of Pax Christi use electric cars >but most of the electricity in my area is produced >by coal fired generating plants. >Just saying, >Vince > > > WordPress.com >paxchristiusa posted: “from 350.org NOTE: Pax Christi USA has signed onto this effort. If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. The movement to divest from fossil fuels has always hinged on a fundamentally moral argument: Investment in” >
Hi Vince, your point about authenticity is well-taken. All of us need to do what we can to make the world a better, more sustainable place. The action alert though was specifically aimed at asking the Vatican to divest their investments in fossil fuel companies. The focus is for the Vatican, like other church bodies, to divest their stock and ownership in the fossil fuel industry. It would be great if the Vatican itself–and all of us as well–became 100% “green,” but you’re right to say that it is not a realistic opportunity for many. But for now, divesting their investments in the fossil fuel industry would be a great witness for the Vatican to make. And maybe re-invest that money into green energy projects, etc! Thanks for the chance to clarify what the alert was asking.