Caritas Australia has launched a new climate justice campaign, Our Common Home. To sign a petition that is part of a Global Catholic Climate Movement that asks world leaders including Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take urgent action on climate change. The hope is that over 1 million signatures will be presented to world leaders at global climate negotiations in December.
Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty in the world today. It is not just an environmental issue, but a social justice issue that is deeply impacting the communities with whom we work all over the world. To sign the petition and learn more, please visit www.caritas.org.au/act/our-common-home - and spread the word!
Following is a selection of resources which may be helpful in your parish or school, discussion group or fraternity or for your personal and prayerful reflection. It is far from an exhaustive list!
- The full text of Laudato Si’ can be read on the diocesan website.
- The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference site has additional commentary.
- Laudato Si' Digital Resource Kit - Redemptorists Of Australia and New Zealand.
- National Catholic Reporter (US): Francis' encyclical an urgent call to prevent world of 'debris, desolation and filth'
- “Francis puts environment above short term politics” by Paul Collins in Eureka Street
- “Care for Our Common Home”: Taking Up the Moral Challenge of Pope Francis by Scott Stephens
- Washington Post: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
- America Magazine: Top Ten Takeaways from 'Laudato Si''By James Martin SJ
- "Humanity has disappointed God's expectations": Pope Francis' Call to Arms by Clive Hamilton, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University.
- “Why Pope Francis' new encyclical is so radical” by Andrew Hamilton SJ, Eureka Street
- Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe by Bruce Duncan CSsR
- “Pope Francis wants us to be ‘ecological citizens’, but how?” by Benita Cao, University of Adelaide
- Visit Catholic Earthcare Australia to explore their resources
- The National Catholic Reporter has produced a Reader's Guide to Laudato Si'