Web Effort Increases Advocacy to Care for Creation

Monica Herald Features

WASHINGTON — On Oct. 15, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) hosted its first national Web summit, focusing on Care for Creation. More than 1000 people joined together to listen to the talented and informed speakers discuss climate change and what we can do in our lives to live more closely in an ecologically-friendly way. 

The summit speakers included FAN’s director, Fr. Larry Janezic, OFM, (pictured) and Dr. Robert Breen, Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, Daniel J. Misleh and Russell Testa, director of the Province’s Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Descriptions of the speakers can be found on FAN’s Web site.

The speakers began the program by sharing the more dire details of climate change’s effects and repercussions. They then moved into a place of hope, wherein they suggested ways to be more at one with creation. Additionally, the web summit examined what the Franciscan tradition brings to the table. Several tools were offered, including an ecological footprint and the St. Francis Pledge.

Toward the end of the summit, participants raised questions fielded by FAN Action Center staff members and then presented to the speakers. There was lively engagement by all. At this point, little doubt remains that the event has motivated many to a personal commitment to change behavior, and great hope that more engagement in Care for Creation advocacy actions will follow.

To view the Oct. 15 Web Summit, go to FAN’s home page and click on the summit’s video link.

— Monica Herald is a member of the Franciscan Action Network’s Action Center staff.