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Catholic church hosts talk on climate

Tom Jackson • Nov 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Don’t take our word for it. Ask the pope. Or, ask the members of the Social Concerns Team at St. Peter Catholic Church in Huron, where a Nov. 12 program will explore the issue.

The program is “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change.”

“The pope, Pope Francis, is behind this,” said Karen Giaco, a member of the Social Concerns Team at the church.    The pope has asked Catholic churches to educate as many people as possible about the effects of everyone’s carbon footprint on the planet, Giaco said.

“The biggest part of this is that the poor and the most vulnerable are going to be affected the hardest,” she said. “Everybody needs to make a change.”

A church PowerPoint presentation will be given, and Giaco will share information on recycling and energy conservation.

“Our local church decided to present it to our community,” she said. “We have invited all of the local Catholic churches as well as all of the other local churches.”

Information on the Catholic Church’s efforts on climate change is available at catholicclimatecovenant. org. Individuals, schools, parishes and organizations are invited to visit the site and take the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.

The Social Concerns group at the church has been active for many years, Giaco said. Aside from presenting programs, it carries out useful work such as supporting a local food pantry and conducting a coat drive and a school supplies drive.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Program on climate change.

• WHERE: St. Peters Catholic Church Gathering Space, 430 Main St., Huron.

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

• MORE: Everyone is welcome to attend, not just members of the Catholic Church.

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