Dial Down the Heat: Cultivate the Common Good for our Common Home, 2016

This program is designed with the 2016 Feast of St. Francis (October 4) in mind. However, we hope you will feel free to implement the program at a time that is convenient to your parish or school.

As you know, Pope Francis was so inspired by St. Francis of Assisi that he is the first Roman pontiff to take the saint’s name. He has challenged us to make care for creation and care for the poor a cornerstone of our Catholic witness.

This year marks the 37th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi being named the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology by St. John Paul II.

Sisters of Mercy: Impact of Climate Change and Reflection Guide

Impact of Climate Change Reflection Guide, from the Sisters of Mercy lays out crucial climate change concerns as they correlate to the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. Outlining issues dealing with the Earth and ecosystems, racism, immigration and internal displacement, escalating conflict, and the education and empowerment of women, this reflection guide warns of the consequences of continued non-action on climate change.

The Jesuits: Healing Earth

Healing Earth is a free, online environmental textbook covering the key issues of biodiversity, natural resources, energy, food, and water as they relate to global climate change. Increasing awareness and probing ethical implications of the current environmental crisis, Healing Earth both challenges readers and calls us to action to address this critical issue. It can be viewed here.

Catholic Relief Services: Our Common Home

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.

Catholic Education and Laudato Si'

A 5-part presentation series on Laudato Si' created by Liz Morrison of Catherine's Residence provides an introduction to Pope Francis's encyclical, and continues on to examine various aspects of the document as they relate to climate change. It highlights critical climate issues, including conservation, clean water access, the impact of global warming on the poor, and the need for biodiversity. It can be viewed here.