An award-winning missionary magazine

CLIMATE CHANGE: Catholic Institutions Divest From Fossil Fuels

A group of 19 institutions, led by Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announced new commitments to divest from fossil fuels.

Divesting institutions in India join others in Pakistan and Bangladesh, reflecting unity on the subcontinent around the urgency of addressing the climate crisis. Institutions in Kenya and Fiji, which are on the front lines of the crisis in the global south, also announced their divestment.

Ireland is the second bishops’ conference in the world to publicly divest, following the Episcopal Conference of Belgium. 

Catholic institutions are increasingly visible in the worldwide movement to divest from fossil fuels, with faith-based organizations representing a significant portion of registered commitments. To date, a total of 122 Catholic institutions have announced their commitments to step away from fossil fuels.  

Tomás Insua, Executive Director of Global Catholic Climate Movement, said “For decades, the Church has called us to act on climate change. Now, as seas rise, deserts grow, and storms rage, the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers are urgently calling us to make the courageous decisions that will protect them. The institutions divesting from fossil fuels today are doing their part to bend the curve of emissions downward, and we applaud their leadership and vision.”  


Read These Next


INDIA: The Most Dangerous Country For Women

India is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman because of the high risk of sexual violence and slave labor, reports Angela Dewan of CNN.

SOUTH KOREA: Stop the nuclear escalation

In a message sent to the South Korean people, the bishops slammed Pyongyang’s missile tests, but also warned all the “unreasonable provocations” that can increase the tension.

DEATH PENALTY: China is biggest executioner

China’s horrifying use of the death penalty remains one of the country’s deadly secrets, as the authorities continue to execute thousands of people each year, Amnesty International said in its 2016…

Share Your Thoughts


Loading Conversation

Sign up for the newsletter

Getting your own copy of "Friends of the Mission" is free. Sign up with your complete address to get one delivered right to your doorstep.

Kindly double check that the information you entered is correct and accurate. Thank you!