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Letters to the editor
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

I enjoyed your recent articles by Carolyn Woo: “How can we respond to our planet’s crisis?” and “What does carbon pricing offer our planet?”

Dr. Woo, previously president of Catholic Relief Services, does a nice job of explaining complex climate-related issues. I would like to explain something I think is simple but does not seem to be commonly accepted in the way we live — God gave us a beautiful common home, and out of love for God and fellow humans, we should take care of it.

Dr. Woo used the phrase “climate crisis” and in the same article explained that only a third of Americans would support an extra $100 a year tax to combat climate change. We are a pro-life Church. We believe in the dignity of every person.

It should follow that we respect each other’s home, our common home. We can do so by seriously considering what actions we as individuals and as a Church can take to mitigate climate change before its effects on basic human needs, and thus human dignity, become more tragic and irreversible. Churches and the diocese can begin by facilitating opportunities for dialogue on this pressing topic.

Paula Bizot, Madison