Care for Creation
On May 24th, 2015 the anticipated encyclical, "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), from Pope Francis on Care for Creation, or Ecology, was released and can be found here. A short video released by the Vatican can be found here. The official response to the encyclical made by the United States Catholic Bishops can be found here.
On June 14th, 2015, the premier of Custody + Creation appeared on Brooklyn, Ny's NET TV. It is "a visually moving documentary, which follows scientists, theologians, and the passionate people behind local causes, as they present viable solutions for taking on the issues of pollution, energy, and what Pope Francis has described as a “disposable culture.” You can view it here.
What the United States Bishops are doing:
There are a number of resources and articles posted on the United States Council of Catholic Bishops' website. The Environmental Justice can be found
Care for Creation ministry page can be found
At the bottom of the page there are a number of resources including a
primer on Care for Creation
What Parishes and lay people can do:
The Catholic ministry offered to parishes under the Care for Creation mission, is the "Catholic Climate Covenant" and can be found
. You can sign the "St. Francis Pledge" and find planning guides including helpful tips so that parishes can more easily bring about awareness about the ministry.
There's even a
Catholic Rural Life ministry that can be found here. They promote proper stewardship toward's Creation, ethical food and agriculture production, and a rural outreach ministry to help those who are currently Caring for Creation through their daily lives in rural areas. They publish a Catholic Rural Life magazine and blog posts on current topics or events. To watch a video of Cardinal Dolan speaking about the importance and connection of the rural life, the care for creation, and the life of faith click here.
What young people can do:
There is even a specific ministry designed to get young Catholics involved. This ministry is the Catholic Youth Care for Creation and can be found
Evidence of Cliamate Change:
The National Academies for Science provide a helpful booklet on the evidence, impact and changes that can be made with regard to climate change
They also have a brief reference document that covers some of the most common questions that people present when discussing climate change.