Care of Creation

Care of Creation
Retreat Ministry
Laudato Si'

The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have endorsed the Earth Charter. Its first principle calls us to Respect and Care for the Community of Life. We “recognize that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.” (Earth Charter)

Thus we stand in solidarity with the statement from the Adrian Dominican Sisters on the Expansion of Oil Drilling.  As we in the Bay Area look west to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, we never want to see oil derricks on the horizon threatening the marine life dependent on that area for life.

 

Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Trump Administration’s Expansion of Offshore Drilling

We are alarmed by the Trump Administration’s decision to open federal waters to new offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Lifting the ban on new offshore drilling makes no sense as our nation reels from the present impacts of climate change with record-freezing temperatures, unprecedented wildfires, and crippling hurricanes. Governors of coastal states also fear the potential negative impact on tourism, fisheries, and recreation threatened by the specter of oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and devastated the Gulf Coast. This move is all the more alarming as the Trump Administration rolls back oil rig safety regulations put in place after the Deepwater disaster.

As women of faith concerned about the degradation of God’s creation and the future of humanity, we urge elected leaders to oppose this reckless unraveling of environmental protections and take legislative steps to put the nation on the path of a clean, renewables-based economy.

 

 

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