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Soldiers guard a polling station during the presidential election in Ayora, Ecuador, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023. The election was called after President Guillermo Lasso dissolved the National Assembly by decree in May to avoid being impeached. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Lucien Chauvin
The church, while not taking sides in the political contests, went all in on the referendums to stop drilling on oil Block 43 inside the Yasuní and to end mining in the Chocó Andino, a highland biosphere near the capital.
A firefighting plane sprays water to extinguish wildfire at Ciovo island, Croatia, Thursday, July 27, 2023. A large fire is reported on the island of Ciovo, close to Split on the Croatian Adriatic coast. (AP Photo/Miroslav Lelas)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Bridget Ryder
The Green Deal amends the European Union’s climate, energy, transport and taxation policies with the short term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030.
Joggers trot along the Reflecting Pool with the sun rising over the Washington Memorial and a thick layer of smoke, Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Washington. Intense Canadian wildfires are blanketing the northeastern U.S. in a dystopian haze, turning the air acrid, the sky yellowish gray and prompting warnings for vulnerable populations to stay inside. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Canadians experience wildfires each year owing to lightning strikes and “careless people,” but no one can recall conditions like this.
Elizabeth A. Johnson
The Earth is in trouble. How can religious traditions like Christianity be bearers of wisdom and help lay out a roadmap for ecological care of the planet?
a scanned image from a newspaper with kids on bikes. father james martin is in the photo as a child
Politics & SocietyFaith in Focus
James Martin, S.J.
The first Earth Day aligned people of all political stripes and cultural backgrounds, because who wouldn't want to conserve the environment and stop air pollution?
Clouds gather but produce no rain as cracks are seen in the dried-up municipal dam in drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet, South Africa, Nov.14, 2019. In a July 13, 2022, message to participants of a Vatican conference on climate change, Pope Francis said humanity has a "moral obligation" to protect the environment and combat climate change. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
America Staff
A recent Pew survey found that overall Catholics show a higher degree of worry about the impact of climate change than other Christian denominations, but the issue appears to divide U.S. Catholics along the same political and racial lines as within the wider public.