The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is a global network of 400+ member organizations and a community of thousands of Catholics like you, responding to the Pope’s call to action in the Laudato Si’ encyclical.
Pope Francis’s message to GCCM:
The Global Catholic Climate Movement serves the Catholic family worldwide to turn Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical into action for climate justice, by undergoing our own ecological conversion, transforming our lifestyles and calling for bold public policies together with the wider climate movement.
OUR WORK SO FAR
Since GCCM was founded in January 2015, it has launched multiple initiatives to mobilize the Church to bring Laudato Si’ to life. See GCCM’s highlights:
HOW WE WORK
The GCCM is led by a Steering Committee that is made up of active founding members who decide on the general direction of the GCCM, its global guidelines, educational and campaign activities. Steering Committee members steer through a monthly call. And our initiatives our scaled throughout the world through our global network of member organizations.
Given the climate crisis is so complex and profound, we structure our work in the following 3 dimensions:
- SPIRITUAL DIMENSION:
“We must therefore encourage and support the ‘ecological conversion’ which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive to the catastrophe to which it has been heading.” (St John Paul II)
- LIFESTYLES DIMENSION:
“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming.” (Pope Francis, LS 23)
- MOBILIZATION & ADVOCACY DIMENSION:
“The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere… She must above all protect mankind from self-destruction.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate 51).
- To raise awareness within the Church about the urgency of climate action in light of Catholic social and environmental teachings
- To support global solidarity on the current ecological crisis and to restore our relationship with all species
- To advocate with our brothers and sisters in poverty who are on the frontline in bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change
- To promote ecological conversion through personal and organisational change to reduce our emissions and transition to a low carbon world
- To advance the Catholic relationship between faith and reason, especially as it relates to adaptive decision making in areas of climate change policy
- To urge political, business and social leaders to commit to ambitious climate action to solve this urgent crisis and keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius (relative to pre-industrial levels)
INITIATIVES TO ADVANCE OUR OBJECTIVES
- Praying and Fasting in solidarity with those who are most affected by the changing global climate
- Educating about the climate crisis and how it impacts all peoples and species, the Church’s social and environmental teachings, and how to reduce our carbon footprint
- Advocating for the world’s policy makers and all Catholics to act in ways appropriate to their spheres of influence to protect the common good through mitigation and adaptation policies which promote social and environmental resilience to climate change
- Mobilizing Catholics on an individual, community and regional level, at scale ahead of the 2015 Paris COP 21 – alongwith the global climate movement
- Sharing Catholic actions, best practices and case studies on climate change
- Promoting interfaith dialogue and action on climate change and with all people of good will