As we conclude the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, the Social Justice Committee here at Newman is calling our community to join Catholics in California and the United States in advocating for systemic change.

At the national level, we join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in asking Congress to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307). The bishops’ conference states that “this bill is about ensuring that the full spectrum of costs associated with greenhouse gas emissions—economic, social, and environmental—are accounted for” and “is expected to result in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Click here to ask your Congressmember to support H.R. 2307 and to ask Senators Feinstein and Padilla to introduce the same bill in the Senate.

At the state level, we join the California Catholic Conference in urging lawmakers to pass the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54). This bill, having been introduced now for the third consecutive year, “will ensure California is on the forefront of reducing pollution from single-use disposable packaging and these actions will help local governments save millions of dollars in disposable costs.”

Click here to find your state legislators and ask them to support SB 54 when they have the opportunity to vote on it.