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The Providence Climate Agreement

The last time we updated all of you, we had a total of 1,699,693 pounds of reduced pledged actions through our Providence Climate Agreement, placing us 15 percent away from our initial goal of 2 million pounds of reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

We pledged in July 2018 to reduce our CO2 emissions by 2 million pounds. And we came so close.

But we have a special announcement!

Through Providence, we have achieved our goal and are moving ahead!

Since late August, an additional 40 people signed on to the agreement and as of the middle of September 2019, our total is 2,320,870 pounds of reduced CO2 emissions!

We aren’t stopping here! Read more about our continued mission in this blog written by Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp.

So we’re off full speed ahead!

The Providence Climate Agreement was developed by the Climate Change Task Force in order to provide – for the Sisters of Providence, Providence Associates, family and friends, and all others concerned – an action of resistance to climate change that is significant, doable, and at least roughly measurable.

Read the Climate Change Manifesto, which sets out some of the reasons for action. Below, you can find the Providence Climate Agreement (our collective goal), a pledge form enabling individuals or households to commit to specific actions and estimate the results, and resources, to help you with your Providence Climate Agreement pledges.

As in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2016, the goal and the actions are stated as pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). This “greenhouse gas,” emitted into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels, is a primary cause of global warming.

The Providence Climate Agreement: Mindful of the effects of climate injustice on the cosmos, Earth, and all creatures of Earth, particularly the most vulnerable, we commit to work against climate injustice. We pledge that by June 2019, we will have collectively reduced the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2 million pounds (in personal activities and in local or broader communities). We pledge, in addition, to advocate for strong environmental policy.

We can’t reach our goal without you!

Join us in the Providence Climate Agreement by making your own pledge:

  1. Fill out the Providence Climate Agreement Pledge Form.
  2. Invite your friends, family members, workplace, school, or congregation to pledge.
  3. Take the actions you pledged to do.

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6 Comments

  1. Jeanne Rewa on July 31, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    The Climate Change Task Force would love to hear stories from those of us who have already been making changes as a result of the Providence Climate Agreement. Post here to share about the actions you are taking!

  2. Donna Butler on August 13, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I’m keeping track of how many miles I drive in the car I share.

  3. Jennifer Drake on August 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    We recently purchased a compost bin and clothesline to attempt to reduce our waste and drying energy.

  4. Diane Weidenbenner on December 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

    In response to a comment left on this blog, and for anyone else who might be interested. Thanks for your interest in supporting our mission. You can donate online with this easy link: https://spsmw.org/donate/donation-form/

  5. expressivejoy.blogspot.com on July 15, 2019 at 1:08 pm

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  6. Jay Cannon on August 27, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Can’t believe that all the Career Politicians and even Pres. Trump all have their head up their Buts when it comes to climate change. I am blessed enough to have a home in the Florida Keys. Since the mid 70’s I have seen the water level in my canal rise over the years.
    I would like my children to enjoy the home above water.
    Wake up all you bottom feeders and help save the planet.

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