The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world’s poor. As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action.
Our 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.
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.
“Evangelii Gaudium” and the Environment
On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. The document is prophetic on multiple social issues, and includes among them the Christian vocation to care for creation:
#215. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Read more of Pope Francis’s teaching on the environment.
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.