North America

Harnessing political will to reduce poverty in America

Harnessing political will to reduce poverty in America

Representatives from Catholic Charities (CCUSA – a Caritas member in the US) from across the US will visit Washington today to call on Congress to address the urgent needs of over 43 million people struggling with poverty in America. Rev. Larry Snyder, CCUSA President, will make an address from the Capitol and call for politicians ...

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The state of play in the USA on climate justice

The state of play in the USA on climate justice

By guest writer Walter E. Grazer, Special Adviser for National Religious Partnership for the Environment US politics surrounding climate change remains contentious and uncertain. While the US House of Representatives passed climate legislation in the summer of 2009, all eyes are now on the US Senate that is in a state of virtual political paralysis. ...

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Bringing a unique voice to the American climate debate

Bringing a unique voice to the American climate debate

By Kathy Brown, Regional Coordinator for Caritas North America  The average person in the United States produces 20 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide annually. The average person in Tanzania in East Africa produces 0.1 tonne (according to the United Nations Development Programme). Tanzanians may contribute least to climate change, but are likely to suffer many of ...

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Adaptation activities in Latin America

Catholic Relief Services is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States and is a member of Caritas Internationalis. CRS and Caritas are helping the poorest and most vulnerable families address some of the many challenges related to climate change and environmental degradation through a variety of programmes: Emergency programs provide ...

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Erica Dahl-Bredine, Mexico Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services during the Tabasco Flood

Erica Dahl-Bredine, Mexico Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services during the Tabasco Flood

The only way Erica Dahl-Bredine could reach the trouble spots of flooded Tabasco last November was by army helicopter. “As we flew into Villahermosa, the capital city of Tabasco, everything as far as the eye could see was under water. Whole villages, farmland, almost everything,” says Ms. Dahl-Bredine, Mexico country representative for Catholic Relief Services ...

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Imagine globalisation based on solidarity: One world

Imagine globalisation based on solidarity: One world

Extract from Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez’s speech at the High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals at the UN in New York, 25 September 2008  “Of course, for the majority of us, we don’t need the Millennium Development Goals to know what poverty is. In Honduras, where I come from, we experience its limitations daily. “We ...

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Holy See diplomat calls for greater solidarity on MDGS

Holy See diplomat calls for greater solidarity on MDGS

“At the halfway point, while much has been done towards achieving the goals, abject poverty, hunger, illiteracy and lack of even the most basic healthcare are still rampant, indeed worsening in some regions,” said Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, in an address delivered to the 62nd session ...

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