This document highlights elements of Laudato Si, or Praised Be, Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ecology. Citations are included for your reference.
The 2022 Earth Day program theme is “Integral Ecology: Pursuing the Common Good for Our Common Home”, a theme that helps us connect a variety of issues that relate to creation care. . The approximately one-hour educational and prayer program is the perfect way for our families, parishes, schools, and religious communities to explore the concept of integral ecology and the common good.
Hear Catholic Climate Covenant staff and colleagues in dialogue about the progress being made in the clean energy transition through the Inflation Reduction Act, global commitments made at COP27 in November, and climate advocacy goals for 2023-24.
- Lindsey Fielder Cook, Quaker United Nations Office Representative for Climate Change
- Fr, Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O Carm., Carmelite NGO
- Henry Glynn, Catholic Climate Covenant
A panel discussion focused on building a new economy rooted in care for creation. The panelists presented about the “Economy of Francesco”, “a global gathering of young people determined to make the economy fair, sustainable, and inclusive.”
The Vatican describes the Economy of Francesco as “a different economy, one that helps people live and does not kill, that includes and does not exclude, that humanizes rather than dehumanizes, that takes care of creation and does not plunder it.”
At a time of an ongoing global pandemic, armed conflicts, climate change, chemical pollution, rising food practices, and the ever-growing loss of land for food production, the need to build sustainable and just agricultural and food systems in the U.S. has never been more urgent. Modern food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. The use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides can be hugely damaging to our environment and to human health.
A PowerPoint presentation of St. Francis' Canticle of the Creatures. Special thanks to Linda Lysakowski for this prayer resource. Linda is a member of St Andrew Catholic Community in Boulder City, NV, and a graduate student at Franciscan School of Theology at University of San Diego.