In June of 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si’, his long-awaited encyclical on “human ecology,” or the interrelated relationship between humans and the environment. Catholic Relief Services, through our work overseas, witnesses this relationship as it affects the poorest and most vulnerable people. We encourage communities of faith to take the Catholic Climate Covenant’s St. Francis Pledge to care for creation and the poor. We also have a number of resources about our how our faith invites us to care for creation and how the environment impacts the poor.
- Information on Care for God’s Creation, one of the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- A primer on why we care for God’s creation l En Español
- Care for God’s Creation quiz l En Español
- Bulletin insert on Laudato Si‘, from the USCCB
- Care for God’s Creation lesson plans, with a focus on Madagascar (grades 1-8)
- Care for God’s Creation lesson plans, with a focus on Nicaragua (grades 1-8)
- Friending Planet Earth: Helping Youth Understand Solidarity & Subsidiarity in Light of Climate Change, from the Center for Ministry Development and the Catholic Climate Covenant
- Discussion Guide on Laudato Si’, from the USCCB
- A photo library with downloadable images that feature the effects of climate change on people around the world
- Videos for elementary and high school students that explain Laudato Si'
- A video on the Catholic social teaching principle Care for God's Creation.
- Creation at the Crossroads, a resource for small groups from RENEW International
- Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization that helps guide the U.S. Church's response to climate change
For stories and additional resources, visit CRS’ climate change page.