Meet the Nuns Who Created Their Own Climate Solutions Fund

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“It’s been five years since  Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si,’ the celebrated 225-page encyclical  in which the pope called for environmental justice and fundamental social change in the face of global warming. To mark the occasion earlier this month, the Vatican urged Catholics around the world to take practical steps to fulfill this mission—including by divesting from fossil fuel-based industries. And in the US, 16 congregations of Dominican nuns (named for their patron saint, Saint Dominic) debuted a collaboration with Morgan Stanley to create a $130 million ‘climate solutions fund.’

In a press release, the bank called the fund a “first of its kind collaboration … to find investment solutions which focus on climate change and aiding marginalized communities that are disproportionately impacted by global warming.” Examples of the fund’s ‘holistic’ approach to climate solutions could include “early stage investments in energy efficiency software’ as well as “more mature opportunities like fruit producers with water-saving hydroponic irrigation systems.'”

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