Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home Handout

The Lincoln Chapter of Nebraskans for Peace held an event on Monday night, February 22, 2016, about the Encyclical written by Pope Francis concerning the state of the environment and the environmental crisis we are facing. The event attendees found the information given at the event to be so helpful, they requested the information be posted on our website and sent out as an email. Below you will find the information given out at the event directing you to the many links you can check out to learn more.

WHAT TO DO about Care of Our Common Home? Some starter ideas.

  1. For Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislation -- Citizens’ Climate Lobby
    https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ See the short video and check the box that says, “Do you want to know more? Join our introductory call.” Call co-chairs Becky Seth 402-580-9408 or Jean Lewis 402-464-8644 for info on the Lincoln Chapter.

  2. For the Green Climate Fund -- Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light
    Green fund update: http://www.climatefundsupdate.org/listing/green-climate-fund
    UN press on Green fund http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52485#.Vqz87zYUU3E
    IPL Executive Director Rev. Kim Morrow is at 402-405-9425 and kim@nebraskaipl.org

  3. For Years of Living Dangerously videos, 2014 and 2016
    You can stream YOLD 2014 on Netflix or buy the dvd, check it out from Bennett Martin library, or borrow it from Marilyn. If you can watch only one episode, Number 8 is recommended about Bangladesh (sea level rise), Yemen (water scarcity) and inner city U.S. (heat wave health effects) illustrating how the poorest people are most affected by climate instability. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/17/3702263/national-geographic-years-living-dangerously
    Dates in 2016 to be announced.

  4. For the 600 million solar lights for Africa by 2020 project
    http://www.solar-aid.org See the short video. They are a charity. If you buy their solar light, for about $22.00, they’ll send three to Africa.
    http://www.solar-aid-eco-shop.co.uk/collections/products The lights you can buy.
    http://sunnymoney.org  Sells low cost solar lights through school networks in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Leggett The founder of Solarcentury which funds Solaraid and Sunnymoney. He chairs Carbon Tracker, a research group.

  5. For the Wonderbag, a way to cook food "aimed at societies where fuel is expensive or time-consuming to gather." The goal is to promote the use of Wonderbag worldwide. For every Wonderbag bought in the U.S., one is donated to a family in Africa. Wonderbag is sold through Amazon for $68 with a recommended silicon potholder, $15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderbag  
    "Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source. 750,000 bags have been distributed, first round of carbon credits registered and issued, production capabilities in Rwanda, Mexico and Turkey with launches in Kenya, Nigeria and Somaliland. 14,000 bags have been sold in the UK, Europe and USA, with a buy-one-give-one model . . ." 
    Here is a good interview with the creator of wonderbag about why it's important. http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/climate-leader-interviews/sarah_collins_wonderbags_founder_explains_how_her_invention_is_changing_liv

Some reading on environmental externalities, Gregory Mankiw and the Pigou Club:


And finally, this resource has good encyclical quotes and summarizes some central themes:


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