This Earth Day, Catholics around the world are coming together to protect forests and the people who depend on them, in the Amazon and beyond.
Advocate for action on climate change to protect the Amazon, and plant a tree to symbolize your community’s commitment to protecting forestland.

Hope for the Amazon

Catholics are uniting this Earth Day. Advocate for action on climate change to protect the Amazon, and plant a tree to symbolize your community’s commitment.

Why it matters

Approximately 17% of the Amazonian rainforest has been cut down

Forests provide oxygen and store carbon–that helps everyone

The Vatican is convening a global synod to protect the Amazon and its people

This April, Catholics around the world are coming together in solidarity with those who share our Earth’s forests, and especially those in the Amazon. Plant a tree to symbolize your community’s commitment and advocate for better policies to protect all creation.

Resources

Event Planning Guide

Advocacy Guide

Lesson Plans

Events around the world

Earth Day and Mercy Sunday

Earth Day falls on April 22, just after Easter. We invite you to host an event on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, in answer to Pope Francis’ call that “the works of mercy also include care for our common home.”

This year, the official theme for Earth Day is “Protect Our Species.” To celebrate the gift of hope and symbolize our commitment to protecting all creation, we’re taking action together. We invite you to join Catholics around the world.

1

Hold a tree-planting ceremony, rejoicing in our common commitment to protect creation, and especially the world’s forests and those who share them.

2

Engage in a local climate advocacy campaign to protect the Amazon and the communities that call it home.

3

Complete the reporting form here to share the news of your action with Catholics around the world

Report form

Has your event concluded? Be sure to complete the reporting form here to share the news of your action with Catholics around the world.

“Good living is the abundance of life, and harmony between brothers and sisters . . . Finding the light inside each human being. Exchanging ‘I’ for ‘us’.” –Statement from the testimony of indigenous leaders