The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is proud to announce the release of the Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes. This free guide will be a great resource for your parish to bring Laudato Si’ to life.
Developed in cooperation with GCCM’s partners around the globe, the guide is directed at Catholic parishes globally to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by addressing actions in relation to parish operations, the congregation, and the broader community. Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, the Eco-Parish guide offers an active response to Pope Francis’ call for climate change action in his encyclical, Laudato Si’.
This free comprehensive guide explains how parishes can make a difference by:
- forming green teams
- reducing parish emissions
- engaging parishioners on low carbon lifestyle choices
- advocating for climate justice
- caring for those harmed by climate change
The Eco-Parish Global Network:
Also, if you are an active member of your parish community, sign up to participate in our upcoming global network of Eco-Parishes! Stay connected with us and upcoming Eco-Parish initiatives by registering below.
WHO should use the Guide?
The GCCM Guide is written for parish priests, pastors, deacons and staff; for pastoral councils and green teams, and for parishioners who would like to get involved in the parish work on climate change.
HOW MUCH will it cost my parish to take action?
The GCCM Guide offers many climate actions that can be taken with no budget, no experience, and no special expertise. The actions can be taken in any order and in any combination.
WILL you translate the Guide?
Yes, the GCCM Guide translations to Spanish and Portuguese will be published very soon.
WHAT is the Eco-Parish Global Network?
The Eco-Parish Global Network is an upcoming initiative by GCCM, to bring together parish “Green Teams” from different countries to share experiences about how to bring Laudato Si to life and provide new resources to take action (note: if you are in the U.S., such a program already exists: the Care for Creation Teams of the U.S.-based Catholic Climate Covenant).
The GCCM Guide is inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical, Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home, and fully aligned with the Catholic Church’s formal statements and position on global climate change.
The GCCM Guide is also aligned with outcome of COP21, recognizing the need for drastic reduction in carbon emissions so as to limit global temperature rise to less than 1.5 ºC, for which over 900,000 Catholics petitioned, marched and/or prayed with GCCM
If you live in Australia, UK or US, please also check the wonderful parish programs of some GCCM Member Organizations to encourage parishes to adopt sustainability practices: