Peru, South America
Sister Patricia A. Dieringer, CSC
Congregation Justice Committee Member for Peru
Due to climate change and environmental degradation, Peru has seen an increase in flooding, droughts and water scarcity, which negatively impact agriculture, migration, conflict and economic growth.
One contributing factor is that the government makes contracts with mining companies that do not use practices to protect the cleanliness of water or to prevent contamination of the soil. Also, oil companies do not comply with cleanup requirements.
Already, many of Peru’s towns and neighborhoods are without water, and Peru’s glaciers are melting. In the near future, the capital city of Lima will not have water due to scarcity and contamination.
Peru’s more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline and varied ecosystems are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, so the issues of natural disasters and migration are strongly connected in Peru.
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Current Initiatives in Peru
We planted various fruit trees to help care for our common home. We are also proposing a larger-scale planting initiative in the Amazon or a nearby forest.
Proposed Initiatives for 2022–23
Discuss the physical, social and spiritual ways that our civic community may be affected by climate change and biodiversity loss, and make a plan to resiliently prepare for these changes.