Laudato Si’ Conference: Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth

July 16, 2018

Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the third anniversary of Laudato Si’.

People from seemingly every background and place on Earth were present—the head of the UNFCC stood by indigenous leaders from the Amazon . . .who stood by classically trained economists . . . who stood by teenaged environmental activists . . . who stood by ministers and members of Parliament . . . who stood by climate prophets from the Pacific.

It was a beautiful picture of the unity in diversity that we need to solve the climate crisis. And it was a beautiful picture of the power of faith to bring us together in hope.

As Pope Francis said in his address to the conference, “Dear brothers and sisters, challenges are not lacking,” but “‘injustice is not invincible.’”

I invite you to watch this short but very inspiring video about the conference.

One of the most exciting moments of the conference came on the last day, when “lines of action” were developed. These are specific proposals for making progress in achieving Pope Francis’ vision of integral ecology.

The lines of action are:

  • Renew the commitment on the Laudato Si’ requests for an urgent radical ecological conversion to take action in the care of creation.
  • Raise ambition at COP24 for a just transition to achieve 1.5°C goal and protect the most vulnerable.
  • Deepen action among young and indigenous people during the synods on youth and the Amazon, and beyond, to ensure long-lasting ecological justice.
  • Encourage financial institutions to support decisions towards an integral ecology by “walking the talk” as a Church, including investments with positive social and environmental impact.
  • Engage the faithful in the celebration of the Season of Creation with other Christian churches, to motivate radical conversion and transformative action.

The conference website has a wealth of resources. You will find: