MORALtorium remarks: Today is a Call to Action.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.13.38 AMSister Pat Lupo was recently recognized by PennFuture.  The Benedictines of Erie are among the religious communities that have signed the Paris Pledge, committing to do their part to cut emissions. These are Sister Pat’s remarks from the Capitol Rotunda on March 21.

My name is Pat Lupo, I‘m a Benedictine Sister from Erie. I believe that Faith Communities are called to demonstrate their commitment to environmental action and to do it in partnership with environmental organizations, local communities, and civic and government entities.

This earth that we live on, our air and our water is sacred.  We have a moral obligation to care for the planet, to act for the well-being of future generations and for all living ecosystems. It is our responsibility to preserve the legacy of our parents and provide for the future of our children.

Pope Francis calls for courageous, radical and farsighted policies to transition the world’s energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable resources.

We have a Constitution that states that we have a right to clean air, pure water and our natural environment. Pennsylvania’s natural resources are common property. Pennsylvania Government has a trustee responsibility to protect the environment on behalf of future generations.

Legislators and the Governor must work with the citizens of Pennsylvania to halt the toxic practice of hydrofracking and the industrial practices associated with unconventional energy extraction in PA – keep fossil fuels in the ground!

I am concerned about all of the environmental and health impacts of fracking but especially about our water. Water is a sacred medium. Water is used in our religious rites, it fills our bodies. It is essential for all life on the planet; water connects us to all creation.

We can’t continue to support a form of energy extraction that intentionally poisons and permanently removes large amounts of precious freshwater from the hydrologic cycle. We can’t permit an exchange of life-giving water for climate damaging energy.

We have a very sad legacy here in Pennsylvania from the coal industry. I don’t understand why we are insistent on repeating it with hydrofracking.

Today is a Call to Action:

A call to each of us to examine our lifestyle & reduce our impact on the planet.

A call to pursue social justice causes in legislation – in the public arena. To form alliances and break through the partisan divides that threaten the life of the planet on every side.

Today is a Call to Action:

A call to each of us to protect the planet, the poor and future generations. A call to address fracking and the issue of Climate Change.

It is a call to instill this call to action in each member of our faith community and to embed it in the society that surrounds us and in the halls of our Legislative Chambers.

Pennsylvania cannot continue to ignore the fracking issue. Fracking  poisons our environment, threatens our health, especially the health of our children and is destroying our natural resources.

It is time to cast this dangerous practice aside and transition to clean, renewable energy that does not put our lives at risk.

Keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Thank You

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Sister Pat Lupo was one of many leaders, from several different faiths, who spoke as part of a full day calling for a “moral-torium” on new fracking in Pennsylvania. Her remarks were delivered in the Capitol Rotunda.

PA IPL board resolution on fossil fuel infrastructure.
Calendar description of full event.
Rev. Leah Schade’s remarks, published on her blog, EcoPreacher.
State Impact PA piece on the event.
Allegheny Front piece on the event.
Arlene Edmonds for the Philadelphia Tribune.
Philadelphia Jewish Voice piece