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Berry Forum Presents Laudato Program at Holy Name of Mary Parish in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

12/20/2019
Cawley at lectern. Kevin Cawley at lectern.

Br. Kevin Cawley delivered the presentation at “Sustainable Sundays” on December 8, 2019. The parish was interested in hearing the connections between the United nations global agenda and the wisdom offered by Pope Francis in Laudato Si.

The presentation drew a perspective on current issues regarding climate change including rising sea levels, forest degradation, ocean acidification, species extinction, displacement of peoples, water scarcity and other challenges. The second part of the presentation put a focus on the teachings of Laudato Si with respect to the current predicament of Earth. A portion of the presentation examined an extended description of the challenges to civil society encountered at the concluding sessions of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations in 2015. We spent some time examining solutions to the emissions challenge now facing humanity, with special attention of the work of Drawdown, examining some of the 100 best solutions to the carbon problem

The Berry Forum presentations on the care for the Earth have included background on UN deliberations as they impact integral ecology concerns raised by Pope Francis. In particular the multiple references to the human right to water (47 times in Laudato Si) continue to inform discussions of the coming water scarcity and the disturbing trends toward privatization of this precious resource.

Kathleen Deignan leads opening prayer. Kathleen Deignan leads opening prayer.
Slide form Br. Cawley's presentation. It states: Crisis in the Natural World: Faith Responds. Title Slide for Presentation.

Photos: Kevin Cawley

Pope Francis with the following caption: The word water is cited 47 times in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si. This demonstrates the great value and concern Pope Francis places on water as a sacred and essential part of life. The multiple references to the human right to water (47 times in Laudato Si) continue to inform discussions of the coming water scarcity and the disturbing trends toward privatization of this precious resource.