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Thomas Berry Forum Joins New York City March for Climate Justice

9/18/2018
Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, co-founder of Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College with Berry Forum banner.
Two Stilt Performers entertain in Battery Park prior to start of march.

Representatives of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College joined more than 3,000 young people and others on Thursday, September 6, 2018, to press for action on climate change. The group gathered at Castel Clinton in Battery Park, NYC and marched to City Hall to press their demands for action. We marched because the public must be clear that a fossil-free energy future remains our only sensible course of action.  We know that Pope Francis has raised a clear alarm in his encyclical Laudato Si that Earth is at risk and we must act now to save Our Common Home.

From Laudato Si: "We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay. " (165)

The writer, Rebecca Solnit encouraged the marchers thus: "We march because we believe that the difference between the best and worst-case scenarios matters desperately. We march because we know that we can celebrate and worry and strategize and commit all at once. We march to be part of hope and not of dread or indifference. We march so that we can look children in the eye and say that we’re doing our best for their future, now in 2018 where the youngest children are quite likely to be alive in 2100. We march because of what we love."

Sister Carol De Angelo, S.C. with students and banner for NY Catholic Climate Covenant.