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Issue Background

Environmental Justice

The Church’s social teaching calls on Catholics to uphold the life and dignity of every human person, to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters worldwide, and to care for God’s creation. 

As people of faith, we are convinced that "the earth is the Lord's and all it holds" (Ps24:1.  Our creator has given us the gift of creation; the air we breath, the water that sustains life, the fruits of the land that nourish us, and the entire web of life witout which human life cannot flourish.  All of this God created and found "very good."

"We believe our actions towards the environment and natural resources should be a sign of our respect for God's creation.  We are called to "renew the face of the earth" (Ps 104.30) and seek out those practices that sustain life for all.

In his 2010 World Day of Peace message, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the integral link between our social and natural world; 'If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation."  There he stated: "Man's inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and authentic and integral human develeopment...  Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from neglect - if not downright misuse - of the earth and the natural goods God has given us.  For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.'

How can rural America, and people close to the land everywhere, demonstrate this blessed covenant of gratitude, generosity, and stewardship of the land.  

These three virtues should pervade our relationship to the land.  We ask farmers, scientists, researchers, priests and bishops, men and women religious, and many others working together to determine the best paths forward.  We look with hope to renewing the face of the earth."  National Catholic Rural Life Conference

 

Read Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', HERE

Learn More About the Catholic Climate Covenant

Sign the Petition asking President Trump to honor the Paris Agreement and it contribution to the Green Climate Fund and implementing a clean power plan.

 

"At its core, the environmental crisis is a moral challenge. It calls us to examine how we use and share the goods of the earth, what we pass on to future generations, and how we live in harmony with God's creation."  Renewing the Earth: A Pastoral Statement of the USCCB, 1991