Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22. Earth Day is an annual event, begun in 1970, which is celebrated by countries across the globe and more than a billion people. The goal of Earth Day is to focus energy on environmental issues including clean energy, global warming, and worldwide recycling efforts.
This year we as Catholics are particularly called to consider how we responding to environmental challenges. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si:On Care for Our Common Home is the first encyclical to be entirely dedicated to the topic of environmental issues. (For more information about Laudato Si or to access an electronic version of the encyclical, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web site.) This encyclical demonstrates that environmental issues are a priority of Pope Francis’ papacy. Written to "every person living on this planet," Pope Francis has asked citizens of the world to acknowledge, discuss, and take personal responsibility in meeting environmental challenges.
The Our Faith and Earth SustainabilitySupport Article reviews Pope Benedict XVI’s call for a commitment to care for creation and examines the particular effect that environmental changes will pose to the poor. This article challenges us to commit to care for God’s creation and to care for those who are poor. It includes suggestions for implementation in class and at home.