June 18th, 2019 marks the fourth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical, "Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home." During the past four years, parishes, schools, colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, and religious communities have responded with faith, passion, and enormous creativity to the Pope’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.
You’ve heard about the Green New Deal, an ambitious, visionary, and for some, controversial Congressional proposal to deal with the urgent climate crisis while simultaneously investing in job creation and advancing social and racial justice. Do you have questions about how we as people of faith should respond to the Green New Deal?
On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Catholic Climate Covenant hosted this educational webinar to discuss Catholic Social Teaching and The Green New Deal.
Every year, Catholic Climate Covenant produces a one-hour educational program. This year we are focusing on the issue of protecting biodiversity to complement the Earth Day Network's "Protect Our Species" campaign. In the webinar we explore why the Earth day Network chose the theme of "Protecting Our Species" and all the wonderful resources and toolkits that they have available for your use. We also delve into the Covenant's Earth Day program and how you can facilitate a program in your parish, school, or religious community.
Professor Ed Maibach from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Communication will demonstrate how the faith community is vital to inspire effective climate policy and greater climate action. Dr. Maibach has been at the forefront of polling and messaging on climate change and makes a compelling case for Catholics and other people of faith to use the power of their core beliefs and public witness to change attitudes toward solving the climate crisis.
This short video encourages children to take action regarding climate change, and provides examples of children and teens who have already made a positive impact on the environment.
Join us to learn how the exponential growth of plastics is threatening the survival of our planet. In this webinar, we hear from Valeria Merino, Vice President for Global Earth Day, about the Earth Day Network's "A World Without Plastic Pollution Earth Day Campaign." Ms. Merino shares the many resources available from the Earth Day network to help us reduce our consumption of plastics. We also unpack the Covenant's Earth Day Program (Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste--Grow Community), and explore how your faith community can celebrate our common home on Earth Day…and every day!
In this webinar, you will learn about:
- How the Dioceses of Toledo and Burlington initiated and inspired Care for Creation activities and successful conferences around Laudato Si’ among the Catholic faithful
- Successful programs and activities they have implemented within Catholic schools and parishes that sustain interest and actions related to Care for Creation and Laudato Si’
- Proven ways to encourage and motivate fellow parishioners to participate in your efforts
Download the PowerPoint slides for this presentation below.
2017's Feast of St. Francis program, "Befriend the Wolf: Blessing All God’s Creation", is an invitation to follow St. Francis’ example and open our hearts to all of creation. This webinar unpacks the story of the Wolf of Gubbio as a wonderful and useful metaphor to harmonize our relationship with God's Creation in our modern lives. It also discusses how the 2017 Feast of St. Francis program can be used in your parish, school, and faith community to foster that relationship. Whether you are already planning to use the 2017 Feast of St.
April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars. This year, we join with the Earth Day Network to celebrate Earth Day and to embrace our call as Catholics to increase awareness of care for creation and climate change issues. This Earth Day program should be seen as the beginning of an educational campaign to increase creation care and climate literacy within our parishes, schools, and religious communities.
Created by Catholic school teachers and librarians in a Murray Institute Course at the University of St. Thomas (MN), this educational packet is a guide for a school-wide, immersive study of Pope Francis's Laudato Si' for students in grades K-12. It can be found below.