Iowans urged to ‘buckle down, get to work’ on environmental problems

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July 7, 2015

Iowa Catholic and other religious leaders, clean energy advocates and others hold a news conference July 2 to urge people of the state to take action on environmental issues in light of Pope Francis' new Laudato Si'" encyclical. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Des Moines) See LAUDATO-IOWA July 7, 2015.

Iowa Catholic and other religious leaders, clean energy advocates and others hold a news conference July 2 to urge people of the state to take action on environmental issues in light of Pope Francis’ new Laudato Si'” encyclical. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Des Moines)

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) — Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates encouraged Catholic Iowans to take advantage of the state’s first-in-the-nation role in the presidential electoral process to keep in mind the issue of caring for the environment as shared by Pope Francis in his encyclical as they talk with those who seek to lead the United States.

He invited all Iowans to conserve energy, use energy-efficient appliances, invest in renewable energy systems and talk with their local, state and national leaders, urging them to “exercise leadership in protecting the earth.”

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