Caritas highlights grass roots voices on environmental change and advocates for policy and action that will provide justice for 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
Environmental degradation impacts the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. In solidarity with the poor and the Earth, we take their stories, concerns and solution to decision-makers, to protect our common home.
Take action to protect our common home
The global Catholic online petition “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” is seeking signatures ahead of United Nations conferences on biodiversity and climate change. This petition urges world leaders to tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis together and promote global action to support those most affected. Sign the Global Petition here. Caritas is also promoting two petitions seeking bans on seabed mining in New Zealand and globally. Read more here.
The Season of Creation runs from the Day of Prayer for Creation on 1 September to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis has endorsed this ecumenical (interchurch) Season as a time to deepen our appreciation of and care for our common home and each other. The Season of Creation 2021 theme is: ‘A Home for All? Renewing the oikos (house) of God.’ In the midst of the crises affecting our world, we are called to heal our relationships with creation and with each other. More than ever before, the global Christian family will unite to pray and take action for our common home.
Since 2014, Caritas has published its annual State of the Environment for Oceania report on St Francis' Day – 4 October. We are following five key issues affecting Oceania peoples: extreme weather, environmental factors affecting food and water security, offshore mining and drilling, climate finance and coastal erosion, flooding and sea level rise. Stories, case studies and community-based research aims to influence policy to protect the Oceania environment for the good of all.
In 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. He reminded us of our shared responsibility to care for our common home on Earth through contemplation, simplicity of lifestyle, and action to support the poorest of our sisters and brothers. Inspired by this letter, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has launched the Laudato Si’ Action Platform to help Catholic families, schools and organisations learn and grow together on the journey to ecological sustainability. Caritas is also a member of the Laudato Si’ Movement which is inspire and mobilising the Catholic community to care for our common home on the journey towards climate and ecological justice.