Earth Rights

Why Earth Rights?

“Respect for human dignity and the promotion of human rights are inseparable from respect and protection of Creation in all its integrity. There cannot be a flourishing human species, exercising human rights, if Earth’s eco-systems are depleted and unprotected. This broad respect for the whole of Creation gives flesh to the Church’s  understanding of the ‘common good.’”

  • From the Final statement from the International Congress of Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights, Salamanca, Spain, September 1-5, 2016


Because the rights of humans and the rights of Earth are so intricately balance, some of our corporate stances appear on both lists.

Global Climate Change

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. (Adapted from Earth Charter Preamble) 

We, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, recognize the reality of Global Climate Change and its impact on the whole Earth community, particularly on poor and vulnerable persons. We commit to lending our individual and collective voice to those efforts, consistent with our Catholic faith and the Dominican search for truth, that seek to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. (Adopted June 2012)

Seeking Right Relationship with all Creation

2001: Chapter mandated that we broaden our understanding of our relationship with all of creation and move toward sustainable living: taking only our share, cleaning up after ourselves, and leaving enough for the future.

2009: As vowed Dominican women, we reverence all of creation as revelatory of God. We embrace as a moral imperative the need to help restore wholeness to creation. As a congregation, in local communities and individually, we commit ourselves:

  • to study the science, theology, and spirituality of creation and to share the fruits of our study.
  • to choose and practice specific actions on a local level so as to live more sustainably.
Nuclear Disarmament

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield call upon the United States government to lead the way for the global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce and eliminate such weapons. We call for the immediate development, adoption and implementation of a plan that will ensure there will be no new development of nuclear weapons, no materials generated for nuclear weapons and no testing of nuclear weapons. We will work with all people of goodwill until there is no chance that a nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction can come into the hands of anyone wishing to do harm. (Adopted June 2011)

Moratorium on Planting Genetically Modified Organisms

We support a moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered crops pending environmental and human safety studies. Until such time as this technology is proven safe, all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients should be labeled. (Adopted June 2004)

Visit Jubilee Farm

This center for ecology and spirituality is a great place to start if you are curious about how to integrate your love and care for creation with your spiritual life. Sister Sharon Zayac and Sister Anita Cleary are happy to welcome you. Check it out!