Nine Caritas members attended the 23rd session of the COP to spread their message of climate change going hand in hand with social justice and the fight against poverty. The group is trying to bring attention to agriculture, human rights and climate change, and climate finance. This article discusses progress they have made in these areas and what they believe still needs to be done. To read more click here.
Caritas International has 160 members who are working in almost every country of the world. Inspired by Catholic faith, Caritas is a helping hand of the Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded to build a world based on justice and love. They work to transform lives and call for a better world for the most vulnerable of the world’s people who are the most affected by climate change and natural disasters. To read more about Caritas, click here.
The Power to be Campaign is a petition to the World Bank from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. They believe that every child has the power to achieve great things, but this can become difficult when one in six families still live without electricity. CAFOD is calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people. To read how you can help and how to sign the petition, click here.
This video on Laudato Si’ is a resource from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development meant to explain the encyclical in a simple and easy to understand way. It describes what an encyclical is, what is being asked, and why any of it matters. To watch the video, click here.
Laudato Si’ for Youth Leaders is a document from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. The document provides youth activities that can be done separately or together to make entire whole session. To view all the activities or read the entire curriculum aid, click here.
Key Quotes from Laudato Si’ is a document from Catholic Climate Covenant that highlights the elements of the Pope’s encyclical. The document breaks up the key ideas into sections and gives the most important quotes from each. To read the entire document, click here.
Wild Wonder is Rocha’s newest creation care camp designed for elementary school- aged children. The four day camp is designed to tap into children’s curiosity for the world around them. Through daily devotions in scripture, nature study and exploration, and hands-on science activities, the camp weaves wonder of the natural world into a deeper knowledge of Jesus and the created world. It is held at each of the project locations around the US. To read more about Wild Wonder, click here.
Wonderful Wilderness: A Meditation on Laudato Si’ is a guided mediation from JustFaith Ministries. It is a short meditation read by Joe Grant that is meant to bring Laudato Si’ into the lives of those looking to live Pope Francis’ invitation. To view or participate in this mediation, click here.
Catholic institutions are divesting from fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy, but what is divestment? Click here to read about what it is and how it applies to the Catholic Church.
Catholic institutions are turning away from fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy. On October 4, 2017, a group of 40 Catholic institutions from 11 countries committed to divest from fossil fuels making it the largest joint Catholic announcement to date. Approximately 60 Catholic institutions to date have announced plans to partially or fully divest from the fossil fuel industry. This has taken an estimated $5 trillion away from oil, coal, and gas companies. To read the entire article and see all that committed, click here.