Caritas highlights the grass roots voice of environmental change and advocates for policy and action that will provide justice for the present and future generations.
"Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live"
Pope Francis: Laudato Si', 2015
Caritas’ environmental advocacy includes raising awareness on the impact of climate change on many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. We have also written submissions on biofuels and raised concerns about the future for those likely to be displaced by climate change, especially in the Pacific.
In 2014 Caritas published Small yet strong: Voices from Oceania on the environment an envrionment report on Oceania based on interviews with our partners. Then in 2015 we published our first ‘State of the environment in Oceania report Caring for our Common Home on St Francis Day – 4 October.
In 2016 we launched the second state of the envrionment report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change at Parliament on on St Francis' Day.
From our initial Pacific Environmental Report Small yet strong: Voices from Oceania on the environment we identified five environmental issues we will follow over future years reporting annually on St Francis’ Day (October 4) each year.
The threat to human wellbeing and even existence posed by climate change is real and pressing. Climate change is already drastically affecting the world’s poorest peoples, including our neighbours in the Pacific Islands.
Caritas is calling on New Zealand and the world community to commit strongly and act quickly to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
Pope Francis urges us to take action to protect the planet and its people in his encyclical, Laudato Si'. The encyclical reminds us of our shared responsibility for caring for our common home and emphasises the urgency of the issues surrounding environmental justice.