Called to work for the common good, Bishop urges Iowans to ask presidential candidates how they'll address climate change
Bishop Richard Pates called on Catholics in the Diocese of Des Moines to read and study Pope Francis' environmental encyclical "Laudato Si." He encouraged clergy to preach on the encyclical and its hopeful message of caring for God's creation. He also encouraged all Iowans to ask presidential candidates not if, but how they will address climate change. Saying most scientists agree that climate change over the last 100 years is due to human activity, he reminded that, "We are called to participate in public life and work for the common good." Here is a press release in English and Spanish from the press conference.
The press conference was held on the Ankeny campus of Des Moines Area Community College, which has a program for students who want to gain job skills in the wind industry, a clean energy field. A wind turbine sits on campus for students who are studying for jobs in the wind industry.