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".
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.
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.