The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has just announced the release of the Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes. This free guide will be a great resource for any parish to take a first step during Laudato Si’ Week (12th – 19th June 2016), to celebrate the encyclical’s anniversary with concrete action.
Developed in cooperation with GCCM’s partners around the globe, the guide is directed at Catholic parishes globally to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 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
Aligned with the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change of December 2015 and the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 C, the Eco-Parish Guide outlines concrete steps for a community to take climate action. The work of parishes from over a dozen countries is showcased throughout its pages, setting the context of climate change policy and the urgency of taking action to stand in solidarity with communities already impacted by climate change.