Complying with Pope Francis’ teaching in his encyclical, Laudato Si, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Action Plan for Implementing Laudato Si, STM remains committed to protecting the natural environment, including reducing carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. As the US Bishops have declared: “[A]t its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both ‘the human environment’ and the natural environment. It is about our human stewardship of God’s creation and our responsibility to those who come after us” (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good, 2001). Fr. Mark has asked the STM Social Justice Committee to propose ways for our parish to accomplish this, including designing and building environmentally-sustainable parish buildings and facilities