An Intergenerational Catholic Initiative for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ and 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Dear fellow Catholics,
Would you like to be a part of the movement led by Catholic youth and young adults making the moral call for climate action? In 2020, we are launching the US Catholic Climate Project, an initiative to gather Catholic faithful from across our Church to makes these calls this spring during the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si'. Unified together as a galaxy of lights across our Church, we can inspire our nation to commit to the ambitious climate solutions we all need for the sake of our common home and future.
Exciting Opportunity: Catholics in the United States - especially youth and young adults - are increasingly embracing the call to care for our common home and for action to address climate change. During the Season of Creation, tens of thousands of Catholics engaged in a diverse array of activities - including liturgical celebrations, the Climate Strikes, and petitions and visits to legislators in support of the Paris Agreement.
Catholic Climate Covenant is collaborating closely with many other Catholic institutions to galvanize this growing interest into even greater expression for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 (ED50) and the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ on May 24 (LS5). We will be reaching out to Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, universities, religious orders, and other institutions to provide and support an array of activities that may be suitable to each institution’s circumstances. We seek to unify these efforts under the Catholic Climate Project, for which a logo, website and social media platform that we are launching. We seek especially to cultivate and be guided by Catholic youth and young adults.
If you are ready to join or you seek more information please fill-out this form.
Activities will include:
- Prayer services and liturgies
- Bridge-building and healing
- Generation of and participation in events
- Service projects
- Public demonstrations
- Classroom instruction/curriculum
- Advocacy and dialogue with church and political leaders on our call to care for creation and our vulnerable neighbors
Our approach is grounded our Catholic faith - well expressed in St. Francis’ Peace Prayer - to be instruments of humility, love, light, peace and reconciliation. These principles are essential to dissipating the rancor and partisanship paralyzing our nation, and the realization of ambitious climate solutions. Through this faith-based and unified call in spirit, word and deed, by US Catholics across the nation, may we change our hearts, and that of our neighbors, towards the care for our neighbor, our common home and our shared future, for the greater glory of God.
Are you interested in joining the Catholic Climate Project or you need more information? If so, please fill out this form.
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