Embed the Catholic Climate Petition in your website

May 17, 2015

You can embed the Catholic Climate Petition in your website (such as Caritas AustraliaArchdiocese of Perth or Caritas India), to encourage your networks to take action directly in your website. Here are some instructions on how to embed the petition widget in your website.

1) How to get the HTML code to embed the petition widget

To get your organization’s HTML code, fill out the Organization signup form or email hello(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global.

Note: the default petition widget has the prompt question «Should we take action on climate change?» (as in this example). If you would like your widget to not include the prompt question please contact us at hello(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global and we could provide

2) Where to embed the petition widget

You could embed the petition widget in your homepage (what is likely to get more visibility and signatures, given that most users spend very little time in each website and usually don’t navigate beyond the homepage), in an ecology-focused section of your website, or in a standalone page.

You can see some good examples of how some partners have embedded the petition here: Caritas Australia, Catholic Earthcare Australia, Archdiocese of Perth (Australia)Sisters of Mercy, Ignatian Solidarity Network, Caritas India, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

3) How to embed it

You can embed the petition the same way you would embed a YouTube video on your website. You need to open the source code of your web page (your webmaster will know how to do it) and paste it into your page.

Important: you can adjust the size of the petition widget by editing the width and height fields in the petition code. For example, here’s a petition code in which we’ve highlighted in red the values that you could adjust:

<iframe style=”overflow: hidden;” src=”http://bit.ly/1y7PafJ” width=”300” height=”600” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no width=”></iframe>

4) How to introduce the petition

We recommend providing some background information right on top of the petition widget as an introduction. Here are some ideas :

  • Short version:
    Pope Francis said:“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” If you agree, click “Yes” below:
  • Longer version:
    We have partnered with the Global Catholic Climate Movement to raise awareness about the climate change crisis in the Catholic community. We urge world leaders to commit to ambitious climate action and solve this urgent moral crisis (for more information, see climate change facts and Catholic teachings on climate change). Pope Francis said:“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” If you agree, click “Yes” below:”

If you have any issues, please tell your webmaster to contact us at hello(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global

Reminder: by collecting signatures through a petition widget embedded in your website, you will have access to the list of signatories that you recruited and will be able to contact them (as indicated in the terms). Please contact us for more details.

4) How to promote your online petition

Once you have embedded the petition online, make sure you spread the word! You can do this in several ways.

  • Send an email to announce that your organization just joined GCCM’s Catholic Climate Petition! A sample email can be found here.
  • If you are a church or organization, you may want to announce it in the bulletin or newsletter. A sample email can be found here.
  • Send out your communication of choice with a quote from Laudato Si. Our US partner the Catholic Climate Covenant has compiled a nice list of quotations you might want to use here.
  • Share a video about the Pope’s call to action with an invitation to sign the petition on your website. You can choose from a number of videos from our Youtube channel here.
  • Make an announcement on Twitter or Facebook.