Stewards of Our Earth

“Stewards of Our Earth” is a weekly newsletter with stories, information, and calls to action reflecting Catholic Social Justice teaching on matters of ecology, the environment, and Respect for Life. For previously published issues, visit Stewards of Our Earth Archive.

A Resource brought to you by the Social Justice Committee of Holy Cross Parish

Current Issue: February 7, 2021 

STEWARDS OF OUR EARTH

All of God’s Creation

Who’s Looking Out for Our Endangered Species?

 How Are You Doing with Your new Year’s Resolutions? If you haven’t made one yet and are looking for one to protect our planet, consider taking action to restore and strengthen the Endangered Species Act.

“The Endangered Species Act is severely weakened. Dozens of clean water and air protections are gone. Protections for birds, wolves, bears and other wildlife are in tatters. In all, more than 100 environmental protections have been rolled back…. Among the most devastating:

Grey wolves in the Lower 48 were stripped of their Endangered Species Act protections, increasing the species’ risk of extinction.
Changes to the Endangered Species Act that will cripple its ability to protect wildlife at a time when more species face extinction than at any other time in human history.
A weakened Migratory Bird Treaty Act that will make the world more dangerous for birds, despite the fact that more than 3 billion birds have vanished from North America over the last 50 years.
The end of a … ban on importing endangered elephants, rhinos and other animals as hunting trophies.” (Environmental Action, January 21, 2021)

“Massive drilling on our public lands and waters is incompatible with a healthy future for our planet.

  • In the American West alone, more than 22 million acres of public lands are currently leased to oil and gas companies.
  • Scientists warn that we have just under a decade to avert climate catastrophe by lowering global emissions.
  • Drilling and the climate change it causes are worsening habitat destruction. Biologists say that as many as half of all species on the planet will face extinction by the end of the century if global warming continues at its current rate.” (Earthjustice, January 22, 2021)

“Protecting the planet’s remaining biodiversity is foundational for climate stability.” Recently announced was a temporary moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Keep the pressure on efforts to restore key protections for wild places and wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, “the law that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction.” (Earthjustice, January 20, 2021)

 

Send Your Representative a Message to Fight for the Endangered Species Act →