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Welcome to “The Current”! As part of our Working for Environmental Justice project, FAN will send you a monthly update with relevant news and action opportunities to support environmental justice. 

Thanks to the generous sponsors of this project: Franciscan Federation and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.


Current News

Sharon Lavigne Joins Vietnamese Friends in Taiwan to Protest Formosa Plastics

Environmental Justice Advocate Sharon Lavigne of St. James, LA travels to Taiwan to join Vietnamese victims of Formosa Plastics pollution in communities of color and low wealth. (Watch video) Sharon will tell us about her community’s efforts to stop pollution by Formosa and other corporations in Louisiana during our October 24 webinar (register here).

Portuguese Youth vs. European Court of Human Rights

In a landmark case on Sept. 27, six Portuguese youth plaintiffs from areas affected by wildfires took 32 European countries to court. “The applicants argue inaction to tackle climate change threatens their rights including to life, physical and mental wellbeing.” (Via Reuters)

Landmark Climate Case in Montana

A Montana judge recently sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate. (Via NY Times)


Current Actions

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Fuel Efficient Vehicles: Our country's 286 million passenger vehicles are a major contributor to climate pollution. This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the opportunity to propose new federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles sold in 2027 and beyond.

Click here: Urge NHTSA to finalize the strongest rule to ensure all vehicles are more fuel efficient

Sign a petition:

Stop Formosa Plastics: Rise St. James, a faith-based environmental organization in Louisiana, has developed a petition to the White House to stop Formosa Plastics from developing two massive industrial projects in an area known as Cancer Alley.

Click Here: Sign the petition from Rise St. James to Stop Formosa Plastics

Contact Congress

Protect Chaco Canyon: The Energy Opportunities for All Act (HR 4374), has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This Act would allow new federal oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Write your Representative, urging them to oppose HR 4374.

Click here: Urge your Representative to oppose HR 4374


Upcoming Events

Franciscan Justice Leadership Conference: Preserving God’s Planet Together Sat. October 14 at 1:30pm ET: Virtual Hybrid Seminar Read more and register

Petrochemical Industries in Louisiana Briefing & Advocacy Webinar Tues. October 24 at 4pm ET: Read more and register

Trash Incinerator in Chester, PA Briefing & Advocacy Webinar Wed. November 15 at 4pm ET: Read more and register

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