The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world’s poor. As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action.

 
St. FrancisOur cars and power plants, more energy consumption and waste—we’re leaving a bigger carbon footprint. Scientists tell us that means more climate change. Here and around the world, it is the poor who will be hit hardest. With more droughts, floods, hunger and joblessness. As faithful Catholics, we have a moral obligation to care for both Creation and the poor. Pope Benedict XVI insists, “Before it is too late, it is necessary to make courageous decisions” to curb climate change.

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Join Catholics taking action in our families, parishes, schools and communities to reduce our carbon footprint, care for “the least of
these”
(Mt 25) and raise our voice on behalf of Creation and the poor.

Advocate + Act + Assess + Learn + Pray

PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
ASSESS how we—as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations—contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

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You Can Make a Difference

Tell your elected officials to support shrinking our carbon footprint. In a July 30, 2014 letter to the EPA, leading U.S. Catholic bishops voiced support for a national standard to limit carbon pollution in order to protect people from climate disruption and toxic pollution. We ask you to add your voice to this crucial discussion. Send a comment to your officials with one easy click here.


How others are treading lightly

Inspirational Stories

All across the country, Catholics are taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Here are a few real stories of the bold steps fellow Catholics are taking to protect God's Creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty.

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Today's tip for reducing your impact

Compost

Composting your yard and kitchen scraps reduces greenhouse gases that build up in landfills.