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.
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 launched the global Catholic online petition “Healthy Planet, Healthy People”, 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.
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.
The threat to human wellbeing and even existence posed by climate change is real and pressing. Climate change is drastically affecting the world’s poorest peoples, including our neighbours in the Pacific Islands. Caritas calls for urgent action to cut carbon emissions rapidly and support adaptation for the world's poorest communities, under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
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.