Cupich says Chicago Archdiocese will act on climate change

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CHICAGO — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich says he’s heeding Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change.

He appeared Friday with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to announce that the Archdiocese of Chicago is the first in the nation to commit to tracking energy and water use and pollution emissions.

He says the archdiocese will invest in energy-saving initiatives at all 2,700 of its buildings, and noted that several already have solar panels and green roofs.

Cupich says the church and all Americans owe it to future generations to “leave behind a planet that’s vibrant and thriving.”

Cupich’s comments come about a month after Pope Francis released an encyclical on climate change, saying it poses a threat to the planet and most deeply affects the poor.


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  • Bob Cooney

    Archbishop Blase Cupich …….
    Be serious …. you have been in Chicago long enough now to know what our real problems are …… multiple babies – multiple partners – no families – kids don’t stay in school so they don’t get skills and education to get real jobs, kids taught they are victims so only way out is to join gangs – people don’t have hope – no investment, businesses, jobs moving into south and west sides …… the tally as of today July 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM CST is 2 dead, 5 wounded — there will be a lot more of that since it is so hot here today – expect numbers to escalate.
    Forget the global warming and work on the issues in Chicago that need attention. Cut the BS and get to work.

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