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Faith Webinar: COP26, fossil fuel divestment and a just transition for all

German Bishops' Conference towards Laudato Si`

Climate and Environmental Protection Report 2021

Today (October 25, 2021), the German Bishops' Conference presents for the first time a documentation on the status of the commitment to creation in the German (arch)dioceses. The new document, entitled "Our Commitment to the Future of Creation - Climate and Environmental Protection Report 2021 (in German)" of the German Bishops' Conference, provides comprehensive information on how the Catholic Church in Germany promotes sustainability and contributes to socio-ecological change.

"If we want to be credible as a Catholic Church, this means not only making calls, but also implementing our own demands," added the chairman of the working group for ecological issues  Bishop Rolf Lohmann (Münster).

 

The report first explains the church's commitment in the fields of action liturgy and preaching, education, building management, mobility and sustainable business. Then the activities in the individual (arch)dioceses and in Catholic organizations such as the German Caritas Association, the German Conference of the Superiors of Religious Orders, the Central Committee of German Catholics and the aid organizations of the world church are presented.

Climate and Environmental Protection Report 2021 (in German)
German Bishops' Conference and Laudato S[...]
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HALF-EARTH DAY 2021: LEAVE NO SPECIES BEHIND

Laudto Si' Action Platform - A 40-day prayer campaign

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development's start a 40-day campaign of prayers based on the Laudato Si' Goals, for communities joining the Laudato Si' Action Platform. The prayer campaign supports the seven sectors joining the Laudato Si' Action Platform with a dedicated day of prayer for each, connecting each sector with a Laudato Si' Goal. 14 November will occasion the next phase in the Laudato Si' Action Platform. On that date, Laudato Si' Planning Guides and all related materials will be published, and members of the universal Church will be invited to make a firm commitment to creating their own Laudato Si' Plans. 

Pope Francis invites you to the Laudato Si' Action Platform

Historic Joint Interfaith Appeal for COP 26 on the Feast of St Francis, Vatican City

FAITH AND SCIENCE APPEAL FOR COP 26 (4.10.21)

 

Faith leaders representing the world’s major religions joined scientists at the Vatican today to call on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26. Almost 40 faith leaders signed a joint Appeal, which was presented by Pope Francis to COP26 President-Designate, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, and the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Luigi Di Maio.

 

Signatories include high-profile representatives from across the Christian denominations, both Sunni and Shi’a Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and Jainism – representing a broad range of faith leaders.

 

The Appeal:

  • Calls for the world to achieve net-zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels;
  • Presses wealthier nations and those with the greatest responsibility to take the lead, stepping up their climate action at home and financially supporting vulnerable countries to adapt to and address climate change.
  • Urges governments to raise their ambition and their international cooperation to transition to clean energy and to sustainable land use practices, environmentally friendly food systems and responsible financing.
  • Commits the faith leaders themselves to greater climate action. Notably, doing more to educate and influence members of their traditions and actively participating in the public debate on environmental issues. The faith leaders will also support action to green their community assets, such as properties and investments.

 

With the window narrowing to restore the planet, the faith leaders and scientists implored the international community to take speedy action, saying: ‘Future generations will never forgive us if we miss the opportunity to protect our common home. We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.’

 

The Appeal follows months of dialogue, in which the faith leaders and scientists built a dialogue in a spirit of humility, responsibility and mutual respect to agree a common moral duty to tackle climate change.

The diversity of participants makes this a highly significant moment with the potential to have a powerful impact not only at COP26 but also on the estimated 84% of the world’s population who identify with a faith.

 

COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, said: ‘I amhonouredto receive this historic joint appeal as we press for progress towardslimiting global temperature rises to 1.5Cat COP26 in just a few weeks’ time. We must all hear the voices of those most affected by climate change and I hope people of faith will continue to be a key part of this dialogue as we work together to drive forward climate action.’

 

Archbishop Paul Gallagher said the Vatican hoped the direct appeal to COP26 leaders would have the same effect as the pope's landmark 2015 environmental encyclical "Laudato Si".

Launch of the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health (Sao Paulo / Boston 6.10.2021) 

The São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health is a global call to action from the planetary health community charting a path forward to support a more equitable and resilient post-pandemic world. The Declaration's cross-cutting recom­mendations were drafted during the 2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, concluding with a global consultation of nearly 350 participants from more than 70 countries supported by the United Nations Development Programme.


We know what needs to change to safeguard the health of the planet and people for future generations. The São Paulo Declaration urges us to act now.

Message for Spiritual leaders of all faiths (The São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health)
 
"Lead in the creation of unity and solidarity among all peoples of the world, based on our shared, common home. Expand the mindset of humanity to embrace ancient teachings and wisdom to foster a
flourishing and pluralistic civilization in harmony with the planet. Help guide people to reinvest in our relationship within Nature with the reverence and awe that i s felt by so many, and emphasize the moral dimension of protecting all life on Earth. Utilize religious and spiritually affiliated institutions for planetary health education, training, engagement, and action."

New Name and ReStart: "Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health" (Feast of St Francis 4.10.2021)

The Francis of Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth (founded 1995) is now called the Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health.  The change began 2019/2020 with an evaluation after 25 years of foundation. The new name is connected with a reorientation. 
 
We understand Planetary Health holistically, in the sense of "integral ecology" : life and health of the earth (ecosystems, animals and plants) deeply interdependet with the health of the the human family. 
 
Interfaith moral obligation to cooperate in the healing of the planet
 
"We are not limitless masters of our planet and its resources. Multiple crises facing humanity are ultimately linked to a crisis of values, ethical and spiritual. We are caretakers of the natural environment with the vocation to care for it for future generations and the moral obligation to cooperate in the healing of the planet". (Joint Appeal - One family in a common home, Vatican 4.10.2021)
 
Our extended central mission is "to protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem and the human family" (RIO DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT). Fundamentals are the ENCYCLICALS LAUDATO SI’ & FRATELLI TUTTI and the interreligous "Joint Appeal - One Family in a Common Home". The Academy will focus on effective operations and practice interventions.
 
The mission, values and structures are also been changed and improved. As an academy of science, the Academy is committed to inter- and transdiciplinary scientific truth and the wisdom of religion. One new point is the global ecumenical and interfaith orientation of the Academy, also by welcoming members (scholars, scientist and practitioners) of other world religions, faith traditions and people of good will. A young academy is also planned to strengthen the dialogue between the generations. 
Planetary Health will be the fundamental task for the 21st century. Since 2017, the Academy has supported various initiatives to this aim and has built bridges into the church. One focus is to prepare today's generation, especially the young people for this monumental challenges ahead - to "heal the patient earth". We will focus on capacity building for training, education and the activation of the spiritual power, responsibility and moral support of the universal church and world religions for Planetary Health and "People Healing". 

Conference - Healing Patient Europe, Vatican City          7. until 8. October 2021 (1.10.2021)

On 7-8 October in the Vatican ahead of the Rome G20 meeting, European decision makers will meet with leading experts in public health, economics and climate science to propose integral solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic uncovered a crisis or rather a set of interconnected crises: public health crisis, human rights and migration crisis, political legitimacy crisis, inequality crisis, environmental crisis.

 

The official conclusions and recommendations of the event signed by the organisers will be passed to the participants of the Rome G20 meeting, hosted by the Italian Prime Minister and member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Mario Draghi. 

 

The full program of the conference  is available at the websites: www.europeapatient.com and and www.pass.va

Season of Creation 2021 - A Home for all

The 2021 Season of Creation takes place from 1 September through 4 October, marking a traditional ecumenical moment for healing and hope.

Pope Francis Message :  Towards a Sustainable Lifestyle (1.09.2021)

The Season of Creation Song....

2021 Celebration Guide A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God
2021-SOC-Full-Guide.pdf
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Breaking News: Laudato Si' Movement (29.07.2021)

From ‘Global Catholic Climate Movement’
to ‘Laudato Si' Movement’

 

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is now called the Laudato Si’ Movement. A change that has the support of Pope Francis.As part of a two-year synodal process, the mission, values, and structures have also been changed and improved. The Laudato Si’ Movement celebrates and embraces all initiatives born from the encyclical and all organizations working for ecological and climate justice.

Laudato Si’ Action Platform (Start 25 May) 

What world do we want to leave to our children and our young?

 

On 25 May, the new Laudato Si Platform for Action was presented in Rome. The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a unique collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of good will".

 

Pope Francis Invitation - Call for Action 

 

Pope Francis sends a video message to launch the new Laudato si' Action Platform, bringing the Laudato si' Year to a close but continuing the battle to protect our common home. He asked: What world do we want to leave to our children and our young? Pope Francis then goes on to "renew" his appeal: "Let us take care of our mother Earth; let us overcome the temptation of selfishness that makes us predators of resources; let us cultivate respect for the gifts of the Earth and creation; let us inaugurate a lifestyle and a society that is finally eco-sustainable: we have the opportunity to prepare a better tomorrow for all. From God's hands we have received a garden, we cannot leave a desert to our children. He invites everyone to "embark on this journey together," and particularly calls on the involvement of "families - parishes and dioceses - schools and universities - hospitals - businesses and farms - organisations, groups and movements - religious institutes."

Work together, he stresses, as "only in this way will we be able to create the future we want: a more inclusive, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world."

 
A milestone for the future of the Catholic church and the world
 
The platform is an important milestone to bridge the gap between words and actions, a big step towards credibility. Many projects, actions and measures have been implemented since the launche of the Laudato Si Encyclial, even long before it, now it is to participate the whole universal Church at all levels and also all people of good will - to make a fundamental difference. It is about a new seven years journey, with a new common vision to heal our house. It concerns all sectors: Families, dioceses, hospitals, schools, universities, congregations, companies, every individual, etc. - all !  The goal is 100% sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology - with seven goals. This should achieve in 7 years. The first year is about community building, ressources and planing, then 5 years of solidarity actions and the last year is for reflection. The realisation of the platform is created in partnership. There is a lead partner for all sectors. With dialogues and actions the future is prepared together. The Church want to redouble the efforts, step by step to reach a critical mass. The journey in partnership includes all people of good will, for strong synergies. 
 

The Timeline will be:

 

  • May 2021: Announcement of Laudato Si’ Action Platform
  • May 2021:  Start Pledges
  • 4 October 2021: Laudato Si’ Plans Open
  • 2022: Additional programs and tools

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