This webinar was broadcast on February 18, 2015. It underscored how climate change is a moral and public health concern that is of great concern to Catholic health ministry and of great import to Pope Francis. In the U.S. and around the world, persons who live in poverty most negatively experience the impact of climate change. Illnesses stemming from increased temperatures, decreased water quality, crop failures and other effects make this is an issue of importance to the health care ministry and the Catholic Church. Our concern and action is not solely based on our commitment to promote health and wellness. Health care is a major user of energy, and as such, must carefully steward resources to decrease its carbon footprint, cares for victims of climate change and advocate public policies and private actions that bring solutions.
Dan Di Leo, Project Manager, Catholic Climate Covenant, Doctoral Student in Theological Ethics, Boston College
Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN, Robert & Kathleeen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care, Georgetown University School of Nursing