For the author, the webinar’s strength was the presentation of several contexts for understanding the rich Catholic tradition of valuing the environment.
A video recording of the virtual “Bishops’ Roundtable Conversation” is available here. For an excellent, broader collection of climate change resources, visit https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resources Or, to view the Catholic Climate Covenant’s 12-minute video created to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’, click here.
The Cool Congregation website provides guidelines and an impressive list of previous certificate recipients from a variety of faith traditions.
There are varying levels of commitment and multiple tiers of accomplishment. The levels are based on the amount of CO2 reduction. Each one has detailed instructions in their guide, “Five Steps to Becoming A Cool Congregation.” To assist with CO2 measurement, the IPL provides a “Cool Calculator” that helps establish a baseline against which improvements can be measured. It really isn’t complicated and the payback in CO2 reduction is impressive. What’s more, most efforts result in cost savings for the communities. Best of all, the process will yield outcomes in line both with the spirit and letter of Laudato
Si’. Praise be!