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.
Climate Change, from Catholic Relief Services is a comprehensive educational and advocacy guide to the moral obligation of the Catholic community to take action to address climate change. Espousing Pope Francis's teaching that our attitude towards the protection of the Earth is directly tied to the protection of the world's most vulnerable populations, this guide contains personal stories of climate change victims, and outlines what we as individuals can do to help. It can be viewed here.
10 Ways You Can Make a Difference, by the Catholic Climate Covenant outlines everyday steps you can take to help in the fight against climate change.