January 25, 2017

International Conference “Laudato Si’ & Catholic Investing: Clean Energy for our Common Home”

On 27 January, from 9 a.m. to 17:30 p.m., the international conference Laudato Sì  & Catholic Investing: Clean Energy for Our Common Home  will take place at Pontifical Lateran University. The conference is organized and promoted by CAFOD – Catholic Agency Development Charity – , CIDSE – network of 18 Catholic European and North American  NGOs – ,  FOCSIV – Volontari nel mondo, GCCM – Global Climate Catholic Movement – ,  JPIC – Justice and Peace Commission of USG and UISG – , Trocaire – Irish Charity Working for a Just World.

The international meeting aims to give a concrete answer to the encyclical “Laudato Sì”, Pope Francis’ urgent call to ecological conversion. The crucial challenge of climate change needs to be faced by a common action, an initiative able to involve the different realities of the Catholic World.

The urgency of ensuring a rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy for all cannot be overstated. The divestment movement is growing steadily, and there are a broad range of Catholic organisations potentially well-positioned to play a catalytic role in this area. It remains, however, a relatively unexplored field. There is a significant need to build relationships and increase knowledge and understanding in order to catalyse action.

After a useful introduction  to describe the divestment challenge, the conference will be structured in 4 panels: the connection between fossil fuel divestment and renewable energies reinvestment, concrete and realistic measures to opt for talking about responsible reinvestment, the key role played by some Catholic Institutions that have already chosen to divest, and, finally, an open session to take stock of the conference and share comments, ideas and perspectives of Divest Movement.

Lots of relators will be speaking, including:  Cardinal Peter Turkson,  First Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Christiana Figueres, Former UNFCCC Chief, Mark Campanale, Carbon Tracker Initiative, Aldo Bonati, Etica Sgr, Rev. Henrik Grape, Church of Sweden and Alison Tate, International Trade Union Confederation.

Download the program > http://bit.ly/2jsIF1r

For further details visit this site > http://www.laudato-si-investing.com/

The event will be live on Global Climate Catholic Movement fanpage > https://www.facebook.com/GlobalCatholicClimateMovement/

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