The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for the least of these.”
– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Environmental Justice is a focus of Justice and Peace Ministries that educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
The 2018 Green Mass was held on Thursday, October 4, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Auxiliary Bishop Bernard Shlesinger presided.
Environmental Justice Programs:
EARTH DAY is a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Each year on Earth Day, Catholics from around the world celebrate the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy.
Catholic Earth Day 2018 – Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste—Grow Community
April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day
This year, Catholics focus on how our overuse of single-use disposable plastics contributes to what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.” From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a devastating impact on God’s creation.
Catholic Climate Covenant has an Earth Day 2018 program available for parishes, schools, youth groups and other organizations.
End Plastic Pollution Intro Presentation
2.71 MB | Updated: April 11, 2018
Introductory PowerPoint for Working to Reduce and Ultimately End Plastic Pollution. Ideal for Lunch & Learn program or ministry meeting.
- Earth Day Network Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.
LAUDATO SI': On Care for Our Common Home
On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
- Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español– This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis’ call.
- Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español – This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.
- Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan The “Laudato Si’ Action Plan,” authored by University of Georgia professors and staff, contains a variety of options for parishes and parishioners to help reverse the threat of global climate change and environmental degradation, and create a more sustainable world in harmony with God.
- Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si’) | en Español
Catholic Climate Covenant
Inspired by the USCCB’s 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 16 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.
- Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources.