Dominican Sisters and Associates of the USA Called to Speak with One Voice

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris, France, November 30 to December 11, has as its objective, “to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.”

In a recent email, Sr. Pat Farrell OP, Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Convocation (DSC) wrote: “To say that we are not seeing the effects of climate change with the flooding in Texas and the horrendous heat wave in India is to be not paying attention. We continue to look forward to the words of wisdom that Pope Francis will bring to us soon!” 

As part of the DSC response to “What is the Earth asking of us Dominicans,” each month a US Dominican congregation is asked to contact their representatives and President Obama about Climate Change and its effects on the most vulnerable populations. June 2015 is the month Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are assigned to keep the phones ringing and the emails or letters coming about the connections between Food – Water and Climate Change and to urge responsible action in our name.

A brief summary of information about these connections is available from the Dominican Sisters Convocation, along with a Prayer Service they have provided for our use (read more).

worldThe DSC Planning Committee (Pat Daly, OP; Marcelline Koch, OP; Pat Farrell, OP; Margaret Mayce, OP; Margaret Galiardi, OP; Claire McGowan, OP; Lyn Kirkconnell and Sharon Zayac OP) shared: “a group of us in the Chicago area watched a video entitled, Cowspiracy, and had quite an animated and serious conversation – along with prayer.” If you would like to look at another perspective on the connections between Food – Water and Climate Change, you can view this video by going to the film’s website: http://cowspiracy.vhx.tv. This is truly an eye-opener about some data in regards to animal agriculture and water, and some of our drought-stricken parts of the country.

This is truly a time when we, by joining our voices with all of the Dominican Sisters and Associates of the US, can make a significant impact together.

“Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.” – St. Catherine of Siena.

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