Restore Our Common Home, 2021

The 2021 Earth Day program theme is “Restore Our Common Home”, a theme that addresses how as people of faith we must urgently act to not only protect but restore God’s beautiful gift of creation. The one-hour educational and prayer program is e the perfect way for our families, parishes, schools, and religious communities to prepare for the Vatican’s launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform in May 2021.

The Pastoral Center Creation Care Resources

We are delighted to highlight Catholic Creation Care resources and tools for parish leaders from our friends at The Pastoral Center.  Their resources* are designed to coach, equip, and empower parish leaders to invite their community to better care for creation. These materials are recommended to anyone wishing to engage with the Laudato Si' Action Platform.

*Sales from the links below help support the ministry of Catholic Climate Covenant

Advent Resources

Resources for the Advent Season:

1) Advent Calendar 2021-Daring to Hope
Inspired by past Lenten Calendars from the Archdiocese of Washington Care for Creation Committee and Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, has produced an Advent Calendar with daily ideas for spiritual reflection and actions to care for the poor and our common home.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Overview and Impacts for Leaders in Catholic Schools

Curriculum resource for Catholic educational leaders focused on the 6th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change (IPCC), with reflection on its impacts, and tools to discern actions for schools’ campuses, curriculum, communities, and culture. Written by Andra Yeghoian and Collaborating Thought Leaders from CAELI. Catholic context added by Michael Downs.

Catholics Take Action to Protect Our Common Home: Laudato Si'!

A motivational, inspirational, and instructional webinar with a fantastic group of Catholic creation care champions!

Webinar gives you:

 1)  Concrete ideas and innovative examples for how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si”.  
 2)  Information on how other parishes, schools, dioceses, and religious communities have set Laudato Si’ into action. 
 3)  Resources that are available to help you plan for Earth day and Laudato Si' at 5.

Presenters include:

All Creation Gives God Praise: 2019 Earth Day Program

All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in a Time of Climate Crisis

SPECIAL NOTE: April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. This year, Earth Day falls on the Saturday before Easter (April 22nd). Therefore, we recommend celebrating Earth Day during the Easter season or another date that suits your community's schedule.

How Our Food Choices Can Save the Planet

An information-packed webinar examining:

1) How our food system (the way we produce, transport, and consume food) is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions.

2) How we can take action, both individually and as Catholic communities, to reduce our damaging “foodprints” on our common home.

3) How we can make food choices that are sustainable, less wasteful, and just.

 

Presenters:

Laudato Si’ at Four: Momentum Is Building in the US Catholic Church!

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.

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