Catholic Earthcare Australia is the ecological agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. We were established in May 2002 and received our present Mandate in 2003. Our vision is for an ecologically sustainable and resilient Australia, where Catholic communities play an active part in the holistic care of social, human and environmental ecology. Catholic Earthcare Australia’s core business is to foster a life-long journey of ecological conversion – being attentive and responsive to God and Creation at every moment. We bring together faith and science to offer initiatives, programs and practices to care for and protect our planet.
ASSISI (A Strategic, Systems-based, Integrated Sustainability Initiative) was developed by Catholic Earthcare to provide a framework for sustainable development and fulfilment of a transformative ecological vision for Catholic schools, parishes and church communities, agencies and congregations.
The overarching aim of the ASSISI initiative is to provide a foundation for and a pathway to best practice in achieving ecological sustainability in Catholic schools, parishes, church agencies and organisations across Australia. The definition of ecological education which has been put forward for Catholic schools is relevant and appropriate for all Catholic organisations and agencies. It is described as:
A life-long process of recognising values and clarifying concepts in order to develop skills and attitudes necessary to understand and appreciate the inter-relatedness of all creation, and to know of creation as a gift from God which requires equitable sharing and right relationship.