Seeing the bigger picture on health care

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With climate change characterized as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” Catholic health providers are working to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. Climate change “is already negatively impacting human health” and its effects “will multiply dramatically if no action is taken,” says a new resource from the Catholic Health Association, titled “Climate Change and Health Care: Is There a Role for the Health Care Sector?” The 24-page document notes that “populations who are at greatest risk and considered most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change” — including the unborn, children, older adults and those in poverty — “lack the ability to cope with the consequences of climate change.”

Among the negative health impacts caused by climate change now and in the future are heat-related illnesses, poor birth outcomes, malnutrition and food insecurity, degraded water quality and availability, respiratory illnesses and premature death, the document says. The resource is part of CHA’s work with the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, made up of 12 national Catholic organizations.

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7 Responses to Seeing the bigger picture on health care

  1. J. Bob says:

    Carbons based global warming is still a theory. It has yet to be proved, yet many would like to get all the grant $’s, by saying th “sky is falling”.

  2. Brian says:

    As an an Environmentalist, a Forester, and a Catholic I respectfully ask that Catholics refrain from blindly joining with environmentaleftists who’s agenda in many cases is Centralized Control and subordination of US and personal sovereignty to a global socialist regime and politically correct thought.

    There has never been a time in the history of the earth when the climate did not change. Is man caused CO2 causing a change now?

    I have my doubts. However, whether it is or isn’t. Subordination of my personal liberties or that of the United States to a global socialist tax regime is not an option.

    Socialism is ILLEGAL and violates Natural Law. If Environmentaleftists want to engage in a serious debate about protecting natural landcapes, environmental stewardship, sharing, personal responsibility and caring for or fellow man. Let’s have that conversation. Whatever’s ailing the “planet”- Socialism is off the table as an Rx for Catholics in the US.

    Go back to the drawingboard and get back to us.

    Who helps the poor?- We help the poor- Ourselves.
    This is not a responsibility we pawn off on Government

    “Charity” with taxing authority and an army is not Charity it’s Tyrrany

    I applaud the recent efforts of Catholic Bishops to wake Catholics up with regards to these issues. Those with left wing political views have been active among us for years and it’s time we with opposing views make our voices heard.

    If you feel the way I do and you feel isolated. Know you are not alone. Stay Strong! Get Engaged.

  3. saintpio1 says:

    Cimate change is cyclical. It is done by God. If you want to know more about it ask Him. If you have enough faith He will tell you BUT you have to be “tuned” in to knowing when he is talking to you. It is nothing we can change or do anything about BUT
    the devil would have us think so!!!!
    Plants among us NEED carbon dioxide and then they put out oxygetN That’s why is’s really good to have plants in our homes. Oxygen also clelans the air.

  4. Dylan says:

    In science, the burden of proof is not meant for the proposition of theories, but of hypotheses. There has been a wealth of proof for hypotheses, and the theory is the result of those proofs.

    Against certain reactionary (and frankly needlessly inflammatory) rhetoric here, I would note that some of the members of the CCCC are committees of the USCCB (see the hyperlink above), in whom we all seem to have a healthy confidence; I think we need not imply any duplicitous intentions or ulterior political motives in the groups our bishops choose to associate with. If we are truly Catholics thinking (I would emphasize thinking) with the mind of the Church, we won’t use every mention of an incidentally favorite issue of the left to decry their radical excesses.

  5. Brian says:

    Real scienctific inquiry doesn’t come with Pre-Prescribed Rx’s
    If the Rx includes subordination of the US to a global tax regime or centralized command and control. It’s illegal. Try again. Does man made global climate change exist?

    Maybe it does. That’s a question for scientists and historians of the future. ( I have my own opinion based on observation and training and it allows for the possibility)

    If we put our faith in science to diagnose a threat. We can put our faith in science to come up with an Rx that isn’t illegal.

    We must not allow false proxy battles over social control to be offered over serious issues of how we share, coexist, protect the environment and care for one another.

    There is real science and there is real science coopted by scarcity mongers and the secular PC culture. Science requires discipline so- does faith.

    We have one of the most abundant, cleanest, cheapest fuels at our disposal NOW thanks to free market innovation. The fact that the envronmentaleftist leave Natural Gas and Methane Hydrates out of the energy discussion is a flag that something is wrong. And that this debate is not happening on honest terms. Those pushing for centralized control need scarcity and crisis.

    Are some Catholics caught up in this kind of thinking?

    I don’t know, but it is a concern of mine and I hope others will give it some thought. We need to demand honest debate that extends to vision level and grant proper weight to personal dignity, sovereignty and Natural Law. “Solutions” that violate Natural Law will be more ephemeral and will be more harmful than the problems they proport to solve in the long run.

    When those who seek to separate man from nature, seek to manage outcomes caused by man. Less man is always an attractive option.

    This is not some side issue for Catholics. This is central to faith. What does faith mean? How much perfection and control do we demand in this life? How much is sovereignty and free will worth priced in terms of comfort and convenience? Are managed outcomes always better than unmanaged? Who get’s to decide?

    Dangerous, Dangerous territory.

    Tread very lightly on these debates that center around population control, global resources and the carrying capacity of the planet as determined by man. Satellite images, remote sensing technology, and high powered computer models give today’s resource managers a God’s eye view of the world (see picture above)

    It doesn’t follow however that they become God.
    I think the headline does this article a dis-service.
    Seeing the Big Picture- Yeah let’s talk about that.


  6. Leah says:

    At the risk of further sidetracking the conversation, I feel i must respond to a comment above from Brian:

    “Who helps the poor?- We help the poor- Ourselves.
    This is not a responsibility we pawn off on Government”

    “We therefore consider it our duty to reaffirm that the remuneration of work is not something that can be left to the laws of the marketplace; nor should it be a decision left to the will of the more powerful. It must be determined in accordance with justice and equity; which means that workers must be paid a wage which allows them to live a truly human life and to fulfill their family obligations in a worthy manner. Mother and Teacher,” #71

    Of course this assertion of the Church doesn’t describe “socialism,” but it’s difficult to see how the ideals herein can be achieved without the exercise of responsible government policy.

    “The function of the rulers of the State, moreover, is to watch over the community and its parts; but in protecting private individuals in their rights, chief consideration ought to be given to the weak and the poor.” The Fortieth Year, #25

    “These duties [to the poor] call not only for individual charitable giving but also for a more systematic approach by businesses, labor unions, and the many other groups that shape economic life — as well as government. The concentration of privilege that exists today results far more from institutional relationships distribute power and wealth inequitably than from differences in talent or lack of desire to work. These institutional patterns must be examined and revised if we are to meet the demands of basic justice. For example, a system of taxation based on assessment according to ability to pay [32] is a prime necessity for the fulfillment of these social obligations.” Economic Justice for All, #76

    “More specifically, it is the responsibility of all citizens, acting through their government, to assist and empower the poor, the disadvantaged, the handicapped, and the unemployed…Government may levy the taxes necessary to meet these responsibilities, and citizens have a moral obligation to pay those taxes.” Economic Justice for All, #123

    The Church specifically calls upon government to attend to economic matters, including specifically taxation, in pursuit of a just society. Far from constituting tyranny, taxation in the interest of economic equity is judged by the Church to be an individual responsibility.

    For further understanding see:

  7. Brian says:

    With due respect I don’t find any of that compelling.
    And I don’t mind saying so since I share the intentions. (If the intention is to benefit mankind)
    Though I do agree whole heartedly agree people need help and that we are all obliged to do so. (By our Free will and Love)

    Here’s just one example:
    “It must be determined in accordance with justice and equity; which means that workers must be paid a wage which allows them to live a truly human life and to fulfill their family obligations in a worthy manner. Mother and Teacher,” #71”

    Who decides this wage and by what authority?
    Who comepells me to work for someone else beyond my free will.
    (Although my Christian obligation to faith requires that I give and help of my free will)

    Does “social justice” allow for moral hazard?
    What weight does it assign to our Liberty and how?
    Is beaurocratic greed for power less onerous than private greed for wealth?

    Scary scary stuff. No matter how well intended.

    Now here we have two competing views of for political societal organization and they are in opposition. What now? Is this the role of the Church to decide? To impose? Or is our individual obligation to engage in Charity, defend Liberty and promote Personal Responsibility.

    I agree with the the Bishops on this. We can take one side or the other but no Catholic should remain ambivilent.

    It is my opinion that we can find common ground on specific issues and specific solutions that balance Liberty and Obligation but we must demand honesty and humilty. The tradeoffs are real and the potential hazzard grave.

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