Stewards of the Earth
"On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act."
Pope Francis, Message to UN Convention on Climate Change, 2015
Stewardship of creation is one of the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The goods of the earth are gifts from God, and they are intended by God for the benefit of everyone. We have a responsibility to care for these goods as stewards and trustees, not as mere consumers and users. How we treat the environment is a measure of our stewardship, a sign of our respect for the Creator.
Pope Francis and Vatican
- Laudato si encyclical on the care for creation and environmental justice
- Understanding Laudato Si” video series from Fr. Dan Horan, OFM
- Laudato Si' Week 2020 : sign up, tool kit, and other resources to live out Laudato Si'
- Synod on the Amazon | final document
- Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health
Resources and Partners
- Global Catholic Climate Movement - prayer and action
- Catholic Climate Covenant - advocacy, prayer, homily helps , and Church teaching
- Franciscan Action Network - education and action
CMSM Statements on Climate Change
- CMSM Statement: Renewable Energy Transition (PDF)- 6-18-19| Media Release: Renewable Energy Transition (PDF)
- CMSM Resolution: Cherish All of Creation (PDF) -8-10-2015
- CMSM Webinar - Catholic Energies: Conserve, Educate, Inspire
Climate Science and Health Issues
- Scientific Consensus
- Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
- Climate Change and Health - Catholic Health Association
Socially Responsible Investing and Purchasing