Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $41,060 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Change light bulbs for Lent, Catholic coalition urges

Catholic World News - March 07, 2011

A Catholic environmentalist initiative is urging the faithful to observe Lent by recycling, using cloth rather than plastic bags, and replacing incandescent light bulbs.

"Lent is the perfect time to examine our lifestyles," says Dan Misleh, the director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. The group is making presentations at Catholic parishes and parochial schools, arguing for changes in household habits and consumption patterns.

The group promotes a “Catholic Climate Covenant” which has won support from some of the most prominent Church-related organizations in the US, including the US bishops’ conference, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the National Catholic Education Association, and the Jesuit Conference.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($128,907 to go):
$150,000.00 $21,092.70
86% 14%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: annemarie - Mar. 08, 2011 6:46 PM ET USA

    What hubris! MAN-MADE climate change?! Scientific evidence does not support that climate change is caused by human activity. How do these groups explain the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age?? And, let us not forget the IPCC Climategate Scandal and two brutally cold winters. Facts can be so inconvenient. I suggest re-reading Gn 1: 1-9. AND, unfortunately, follow the money.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 08, 2011 5:03 PM ET USA

    All the actions mentioned are simply common-sense ways to express our willingness to be good stewards of God's world (well, perhaps except for replacing incandescent bulbs with mercury-laden CFLs). They have nothing to do with anthropogenic global warming -- sorry, "climate change" -- since that doesn't actually exist.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 07, 2011 10:32 PM ET USA

    How about we just work on getting off our oil dependence?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17
No, mainstream religious orders aren't attracting vocations as fast as younger traditional orders October 17
The Synod: Is the sky falling? October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6