In the wake of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, sustainability has emerged as important in lawmaking in Oregon and the nation.

In Oregon, some religious groups are celebrating what Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon calls “victories for climate justice” in
the 2016 Legislature. State lawmakers passed The Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan Bill, which doubles Oregon's clean energy target to 50 percent by 2040.  

Also, the budget bill provides for research to devise a "a market based approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions."  

Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, an environmental initiative of Ecumenical Ministries, asked supporters to thank lawmakers who supported the bills. Organizers at Ecumenical Ministries say they plan “bold action” in the 2017 Oregon Legislature, including an effort to block the transport and export of fossil fuels out of the state.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services is asking Catholics in the nation to support President Obama’s request to fund the Green Climate Fund as part of the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill. The bishops and CRS also are asking Catholics to back full implementation of the Paris Climate Change Accord.