Earth Matters / Sister Joan Brown

Sister Joan Brown on Pope Francis’ Encyclical – On Care for our Common Home

Earth Matters co-producer and Gila Resources Information Project Executive Director Allyson Siwik talks to Sister Joan Brown Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light about Pope Francis’ Encyclical – On Care for our Common Home – an appeal for global unity to confront environmental degradation and climate change.  Advocates are hopeful that the Pope’s encyclical will provide a moral and ethical dimension to efforts to combat climate change in the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in December 2015.

Sister Joan Brown is a Franciscan Sister from the Rochester, Minnesota Franciscan Community and the executive director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light that works to educate and inspire faith communities and individuals; engage them in energy efficiency, renewable energy and local food; and works with people of faith to emphasize the moral implications of various public policy concerns at the local, state, and federal levels.

Sister Joan was recognized in July by the White House as a climate “champion of change” for her grassroots efforts to green communities and educate others on the moral and social justice implications of climate change.

For additional information, please visit…

  • Pope Francis Encyclical Letter  On Care for our Common Home (http://w2 NULL.vatican NULL.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si_en NULL.pdf)
  • New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (http://nm-ipl NULL.org)
  • Take the Paris Pledge and Commit to Reducing Your Carbon Pollution (http://salsa4 NULL.salsalabs NULL.com/o/50836/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13329)
  • Catholic Climate Covenant (http://www NULL.catholicclimatecovenant NULL.org/)

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