The Church Teaches That Creation Is a Gift ...
Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God
The Church teaches that creation is a gift from God, and that we show respect for our Creator by taking care of the environment. We also care for creation because of the relationship between the environment and our well-being, a relationship known as human ecology. Building on a long tradition of Church teaching, Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si or Praised Be explores our unique relationship with the earth, the devastating impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable, and our responsibility to protect the earth and each other.
Catholic Relief Services is witnessing first-hand the effects of environmental degradation and climate change on poor and vulnerable people around the world. Today, developing nations are prone to major devastation as a result of climate-related disasters. Homes, livelihoods, crops, livestock and human lives are being destroyed in the wake of storms and floods. Severe hunger and disease often follow these disasters at a slower but just as deadly pace. CRS works to help the poor become more resilient to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.
- God of All Creation Prayer
- May It Please You Prayer
- Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action – Resources from the USCCB for preaching and teaching about care for God’s creation.
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- Care for God’s Creation Climate Change Lesson Plans: Nicaragua
- Care for God's Creation Climate Change Lesson Plans: Madagascar
- Care for God’s Creation Quiz
- Drop by Drop children’s book from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Loyola Press featuring an engaging story about a CRS water project in Burkina Faso.
- CRS Education Care for Creation Resources
- Caring for Creation, Caring for the Poor: A resource the from National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry providing tools for teaching that care for creation is also care for the poor and featuring a number of case studies from CRS
- Friending Planet Earth: A six-session resource from the Catholic Climate Covenant to help youth understand what solidarity & sustainability look like in the face of climate change
- Watch Ethiopia Improving the Land to End Hunger
- Read Global Climate Change A Plea for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good
A statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Read Climate Change and the Common Good
A joint declaration by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences
- Read Global Climate Change and Biodiversity a publication of The Pontifical Academy of Sciences
- Discussion Guide on Laudato Si' – for use in a small group setting, delves more deeply into main themes of Laudato Si'.
Care for Creation Pledge
- Support a CRS sustainable agriculture project through faithACTS
Academic and Technical Resources
For additional publications, check out CRS' Program Quality Resources
Tortillas on the Roaster: Central American Maize-Bean Systems and the Changing Climate
Watershed Development and Integration in Southern Malawi
The Sahel's Changing Climate: A Technical Analysis of Adaptation Techniques
Extending Impact: Adopting Disaster-Resistant Practices
Climate Stories From the Field
Climate Change in Ethiopia Counting Rains
Climate Change Reducing Risk in Ethiopia
Gallery: Living On Land That Is No Longer Land
Philippines Typhoon Shocked Skeptics
Weathering Storms in the Philippines
Outsmarting Coffee Leaf Rust in Guatemala
Relief Before Disaster in Bangladesh: Prepared for the Worst
Fall 2015 Faculty Learning Commons Sessions Sign up Now!
- Session 1: The Road to Paris and Beyond - A Primer on Climate Change Policy, Action, and Ethics
- Session 2 - Climate Change in the World’s Most Vulnerable Places - Innovations in Adaptation
- CRS Policy Paper: Climate Change and Global Solidarity Adapting to a Harsher Climate
- CRS Policy Paper: Climate Change and Global Solidarity toward a Sustainable Future