The Academy Award-nominated documentary, Sun Come Up, depicts
some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the
Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
Neumann University will hold a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Sun Come Up, on October 4 at 9:45 a.m. in the McNichol Room of the Life Center. The film depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The event is free and open to the public.
This national screening, scheduled for hundreds of locations across the country on the same day, is organized by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change in celebration of the October 4 Feast of St. Francis, who was named “patron saint of those who promote ecology” by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1979. The screening will be followed by a discussion, and viewers will explore ways to respond in light of authentic Church teaching on climate change and the environment.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops points out in Global Climate Change and Our Catholic Response that recent popes “have continually emphasized the moral dimensions of climate change and our responsibility to care for creation.” According to Dr. Elaine Grose, assistant professor of environmental studies at Neumann, “Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. Bishops have recognized the human causes of climate change and understand it as a moral issue. They call on people of faith and good will to address this challenge.”
“Predictions of a warming planet are now becoming reality,” says Grose, “People around the world are experiencing increased drought, wildfire, flooding, food and water stresses, disease, and population displacement. These phenomena compromise key elements of Catholic social teaching, including our commitments to protect human life and dignity and to be especially mindful of the poor and vulnerable, who are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation and climate change.”
The screening is sponsored by the University’s Care of Creation Committee.
To reserve a seat, call Elaine Grose at 610-358-4240.
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