More religious congregations pledge to divest from dirty energy

Pro-environment activists hold a demonstration in Manila to show opposition to "dirty energy projects" in the country. (Photo by Mark Saludes for

More religious congregations in the Philippines have pledged this week to distance themselves from “dirty energy projects.”

At least 20 Catholic religious orders in the country vowed to disallow investments of assets under their care to coal and other “dirty energy projects,” reported

Representatives of religious orders of men and women have signed a manifesto on May 20 expressing their full commitment to advance the coal divestment movement.

“In the spirit of Laudato si’, we declare our recognition that divestment from destructive industries, especially coal, is part and parcel of our duties as stewards of Creation and of the assets of the Catholic faithful,” read the manifesto.

“We believe that coal, the dirtiest of all fossil fuels and the single biggest contributor to the climate emergency, goes against everything that the Church stands for — most especially the preservation of life and dignity of the human person and the care for God’s Creation,” it added.

Among the religious congregations that signed the manifesto are the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban, the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, the Religious of the Virgin Mary, and the Daughters of St. Joseph.