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On Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in Lyons 418, Canisius College joins the hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools and colleges who will participate in a nationwide awareness campaign, “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change.” The program highlights the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with vivid video evidence of climate change as captured by James Balog, the science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice.

We will watch a presentation and share in a facilitated discussion and about steps we can take in response. The event provides a concrete example of responding to Pope Francis’ words urging us to make care for Creation and care for the poor and vulnerable a significant part of our Catholic witness: “Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!” (March 19, 2013).

Canisius’ Campus Ministry and Catholic Studies programs, this event’s co-sponsors, believe the event will help us to better understand both Church teaching and the real consequences of global climate change.

The program is also sponsored in part by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, a national Catholic partnership organization whose members include, among others, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information about this event, contact Nancy M. Rourke at Ext. 2460,  E-mail at, or visit

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, PhD, religious studies and theology; director of Catholic Studies