Tips For Reducing Your Impact
Adopt an Earth-Friendly Diet
Choosing to go meatless one day a week will make a big impact on your carbon footprint. Meat and dairy production generate large amounts of greenhouse gases. Explore vegetarian dining options once a week to delight your tastebuds and shrink your footprint.
Resources to Promote the St. Francis Pledge
Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Today the great gift of God’s Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it. Environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world … we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity. — Pope Benedict XVI
A rich array of resources on climate change for individual or collective prayer, education, assessment, action and advocacy that are rooted in Catholic teaching and express care for God’s creation appear throughout this website.
Environmental Justice and Climate Change, Assessing Pope Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States. The book contains twelve essays by lay, ordained, and religious Catholic theologians and scholars, along with a presentation and a homily by bishops, reflecting on the ecological commitments of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (called ‘the green pope’) found in his writings, statements, and practical initiatives.
Take the St. Francis Pledge with these Resources
As you begin to promote the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, consider the steps and ideas suggested in this Planning Guide for Parishes and Schools to Take the St. Francis Pledge.
The following liturgy, worship, and graphic resources are available to help you celebrate the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor:
- The St. Francis Pledge Bulletin Insert (PDF)
- Bulletin Insert 2-sided: St. Francis Pledge & What You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Flyer
- Prayer Cards (print on card stock)
- Suggested Prayers (PDF)
- Liturgy and Worship Suggestions (PDF)
- Petitions for the St. Francis Pledge (PDF)
- “Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint” Poster (PDF)
- Pledge Sign Up Form for group meetings/parish gatherings (PDF)
- Bulletin Quotes from the Pope and the Church on Climate Change (PDF)
- Clip Art (PDF)
RESOURCES: For Schools, Youth, Colleges, and Adult Education
- Friending Planet Earth: Helping Youth Understand Solidarity and Sustainability in Light of Climate Change–A six session learning program designed for high school-aged students (in schools or in youth groups). This resource was developed in partnership with the Center for Ministry Development. See: Overview here. All Sessions here.
- Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration. This new resource helps schools strengthen ongoing commitments to Catholic mission, to “cultivate and care for” (Genesis 2:15) God’s good gift of Creation, to link these efforts to impacts on poor people at home and abroad and to develop sustainable campus communities. Download the Toolkit here.
- Creation Cries for Justice: Climate Change Impacts & Faithful Response. JustFaith Matters Module: An 8 session study on Catholic teaching, current science, stories of real people impacted, and how to take action on climate change. Find out more about it here.
- NEW: New Tools from the Catholic Climate Covenant
New programs and initiatives that many of our supporters and partners are promoting can be found can be found here.
- Climate Change informed by the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
How can climate change be understood in light of the 7 Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching? This resource offers quotes from the Vatican and the U.S. bishops demonstrating how climate change involves and engages the seven key themes: Human Life and Dignity; Community, Family and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities, Option for the Poor; Right to Work; Solidarity; as well as Care for Creation. Find the resource here.
- A comprehensive primer on Catholic teaching on climate change is the inspirational speech given by Bishop The Most Reverend William Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, entitled “Facing the Wind-What are the Signs?” He offered the speech to students and faculty at Gonzaga University.
- Global Climate Change and Our Catholic Response is an excellent handout for school, parish or other group events. As part of the Catholics Confront Global Poverty campaign, it invites Catholics to advocate for policies that reduce the impact of climate change on people living in poverty. A central moral measure of our response to climate change is how it touches poor and vulnerable people.
- Bulletin Resource on Pope Benedict’s World Day of Peace Message, “To Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation” for parishes and schools from the USCCB. Includes Catholic Social Teaching on care for creation, examples of current climate change impacts on poor people, and suggested prayer. Download the bulletin resource here.
- One Page Flyer on Climate Change from USCCB provides an overview of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ position on the issue of climate change and why action and advocacy are called for: The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. Download and print the flyer here.
- A Primer on Catholic Teaching and Climate Change on an authentically Catholic approach to this important moral issue. It highlights the key themes and the moral measure of successful outcomes: ones that encompass both the care of God’s gift of Creation and of poor and vulnerable populations.
- A Franciscan Approach to Climate Change on the Franciscan Action Network website.
- “Catholic Perspectives on Climate Change & Population” offers a clear articulation of Catholic teaching on the immorality of coercive, artificial, and abortive population control measures in the face of climate change. Using statements from the Vatican, the Bishops, and other sources, the page focuses on two interrelated issues: “The Sacredness of Human Life and the Imperative to Respect Human Dignity” and the “Proper Use of the Resources of the Earth Intended for All.”
And More for Publicity:
- Direct Mail, a resource sent to all parishes, elementary schools, and diocesan directors of religious education and youth ministry.
- Covenant Print Ad: a nationwide ad campaign was launched. It asks the question “Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint?” and encourages widespread participation in the St. Francis Pledge. Print Ad (PDF)
- “Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint?” Download a high resolution copy of our video in QuickTime format (826 MB). Right-click and choose “save as”.