The Global Catholic Climate Movement (founded 2015) is a community of Catholics, responding to the Pope’s call to action in the Laudato Si’ encyclical. We are lay people, priests, religious, bishops and a global network of member organizations working together on the climate change crisis.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement is united by Catholic faith and by the moral imperative of responding to and raising awareness about climate change.
"We actively encourage the renewal of our relationship with God’s creation, for current and future generations. The GCCM is led by a Steering Committee that is made up of active founding members who decide on the general direction of the GCCM, its global guidelines, educational and campaign activities. Steering Committee members steer through a biweekly call. And our initiatives our scaled throughout the world through our global network of partners." Given the climate crisis is so complex and profound, the Global Catholic Climate Movement structure their work in the following dimensions:
1. SPIRITUAL DIMENSION:
“We must therefore encourage and support the ‘ecological conversion’ which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive to the catastrophe to which it has been heading.” (St John Paul II)
2. LIFESTYLES DIMENSION:
“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming.” (Pope Francis, LS 23)
3. MOBILIZATION & ADVOCACY DIMENSION:
“The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere… She must above all protect mankind from self-destruction.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate 51).
• To raise awareness within the Church about the urgency of climate action in light of Catholic social and environmental teachings
• To support global solidarity on the current ecological crisis and to restore our relationship with all species
• To advocate with our brothers and sisters in poverty who are on the frontline in bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change
• To promote ecological conversion through personal and organisational change to reduce our emissions and transition to a low carbon world
• To advance the Catholic relationship between faith and reason, especially as it relates to adaptive decision making in areas of climate change policy
• To urge political, business and social leaders to commit to ambitious climate action to solve this urgent crisis and keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius (relative to pre-industrial levels)
INITIATIVES TO ADVANCE OUR OBJECTIVES
The GCCM operate as a sponsored project of the Franciscan Action Network, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in the United States, Federal Tax ID# 26-2015539.