Religious Sisters' Erie County/Erie City Election Survey on Climate Change

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas sent out a survey to 42 candidates running for Mayor and City Council in the city of Erie, PA and County Executive and County Council in the County of Erie, PA. The survey focused solely on climate change. “We did not see or hear where this issue was being addressed and felt it was very relevant, especially with its relationship to the poor, as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’,” said Marlene Trambley, Committee for Alternative Resource Energy (CARE) chairperson.

The committee, composed of Sisters of Mercy Trish Tyler and Margie Park; Sr. Marianne Stuckert and Deb Seng (Associate) from the Sisters of St. Joseph; and Barbara Roseborough and Marlene Trambley (Benedictine Oblates) received 27 replies. Realizing that poverty, violence and economics are important issues for Erie, the religious sisters of Erie wanted the candidates to be aware that climate change is also a significant concern.

Read the Survey Results on the CARE web page.

Photo: (L-R) Deb Seng, SSJ Associate, Sister Marianne Stuckert, SSJ, Barbara Roseborough and Marlene Trambley, Benedictine Oblates