Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God.

World Day of Peace


The gradual depletion of the ozone layer and the related ‘greenhouse effect’ has now reached crisis proportions as a consequence of industrial growth, massive urban concentrations and vastly increased energy needs. Industrial waste, the burning of fossil fuels, unrestricted deforestation, the use of certain types of herbicides, coolants and propellants: all of these are known to harm the atmosphere and environment.

Saint John Paull II, Message for World Day of Peace


Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering which is even now taking place throughout our world

Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 25,

Abstinence from meat on certain days is a Catholic Lenten tradition. That tradition has a unique special meaning in these times. Our Fast is a sign of repentance, confidence in God's love and His forgiveness.

We don't have to become vegetarians; reducing our consumption of beef makes a huge difference.

In 2015, the World Bank issued a report stating that climate change could push more than 100 million additional people back into poverty by 2030 if global temperature targets weren't met.

Exporting Harm

"...We find an enormous global inequality where 20 of the 36 highest emitting countries are among the least vulnerable to negative impacts of future climate change."

Althor, G., Watson, J. & Fuller, R. Global mismatch between greenhouse gas emissions and the burden of climate change. Sci Rep 6, 20281 (2016).

In Eastern North Carolina, many disadvantaged communities are harmed by massive quantities of pig excrement from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).

cafo Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur on Unsplash

Hog factory farm in Eastern N.C. showing barns plus a waste lagoon. Hog waste is sprayed out of the lagoon, creating health problems for humans.

Giving up factory-farmed pork as part of your Lenten fast is a meaningful, compassionate act. Our Eastern North Carolina neighbors suffer from the odor, flies, and polluted water from CAFOs which harms their health.

We are so trapped in a culture that induces us to look in the mirror and pamper ourselves, that we think that an altruistic gesture is enough, without the need to get directly involved.