Father José Andrés Tamayo
Father José Andrés Tamayo
Laudato Si' Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity
                                                                     Laudato Si'            Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity                                                          


Since the 1980s there has been intensive environmental work in European churches and dioceses, with several thousand projects and initiatives. Since the year 2000, there are also very systematic approaches such as church environmental management (EMAS), or climate protection and energy programs, and since 2015 also the implementation of Laudato Si'. 


Strong impulses came from ecumenism. A larger field in which the church was also active was the implementation of the Local Agenda 21 (Köpenicker Model, NRW LAG, Altmühltal Project) and sustainable urban development, which are still having an impact until today.


ECEN - The European Christian Environmental Network


The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) is an ecumenical association of church organizations to strengthen church environmental practice in Europe and to shape a "sustainable Europe". 

Working Group of the Environmental Officers of the German (Arch)Dioceses 

The environmental commissioners are commissioned by and for one (arch-)diocese at a time. On site, they act as initiators, advisors and mediators in the diocesan administrations, parishes, church institutions, diocesan committees and associations, as well as at the interfaces to politics, public administration and civil society. They introduce  Christian understanding of creation into all relevant processes of our society. To this end, they cooperate with church environmental consultants, environmental officers of the Protestant Church in Germany, environmental officers of the churches in Austria, church environmental work in Switzerland, as well as governmental and social groups.
The encyclical "Laudato Si" published by Pope Francis in June 2015. On the care for the common house" is our challenge, our mission, our confirmation and our encouragement at the same time.
Climate and Environmental Protection Report 2021
German Bishops' Conference and Laudato S[...]
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Responsibility for Creation as a Church Mission. Recommendations on Ecology and Sustainable Development for the German (Arch)Dioceses -2018
The ten recommendations for action touch on matters of pastoral care, diocesan administrative action and socio-political commitment. The text contains concrete, ambitious demands and at the same time has the necessary breadth to take into account the different realities of the 27 German (arch)dioceses. I am grateful for the manifold ecological and worldwide church commitment with which many Christians are already today - and some of them for decades - committed to God's creation. But we can become even better. The ten recommendations for action should help us to do so. We are united by the will and the well-founded hope to do justice to our function as role models and our responsibility for creation through decisive church action
Schöpfungsverantwortung als kirchlicher [...]
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Environmental Work of Austrian Christian Churches
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Ecumenical Network Church Environmental Management


More than 76 regional churches, dioceses, free churches, ecclesiastical institutions and individual parishes have joined forces in our network in order to jointly promote the topic of ecclesiastical environmental management. Over 700 parishes and church institutions in Germany have installed an environmental management system or are in the process of doing so.

ELSi’A  -European Laudato Si’ Alliance: Promoting Laudato Si’ in Europe

The European Laudato Si’ Alliance (founded 2020) is a group of Catholic organizations that have joined forces to promote climate and social justice in the name of Laudato Si’.


The following are members of the alliance: Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE); Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC); CIDSE, an international family of Catholic social justice organizations; Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM); Justice and Peace Europe; and the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (observer member) (CCEE).


Five years after the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the “care for our common home”, representatives of EU Bishops’ Conferences, as well as Catholic organisations and movements, held in Brussels the Third European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day on Thursday 28 May 2020.

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