All scientists agree that Earth is warming, which is destructive to life on the planet. While some may deny that human activity causes climate change, the vast majority of the scientific community does not. It is clear that the future of life on Earth is in our hands.

The NY/NJ Congregations of Dominican Sisters have committed to take action to stem the tide of Climate Change. We are delighted that Pope Francis is using his moral authority to address the dangers of Climate Change and to call us to action on behalf of life on Earth.

So begins Dominican Sister of Hope Catherine Walsh’s letter published in the Times Herald-Record on June 23. Sister Catherine wrote the paper in response to the Pope’s June 18 encyclical, Laudato Si, which focuses on creation and, therefore, the protection and preservation of Earth.

The encyclical was warmly welcomed by the Dominican Sisters of Hope, who approved a corporate stance on climate change this past spring.

“Climate Change is clearly a moral issue,” Sister Catherine writes. “We are grateful for the release of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change and urge everyone to take this opportunity to read the document and then engage in discussion with others about the content.”