As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources.
By our actions, we can mitigate the effects of climate change stop the destruction of habitats and reverse the decline of species worldwide.
The way we treat the earth today is already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and, in time, will affect us all.
I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.Pope Francis, Laudato ‘si
COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference taking place in Glasgow from Sunday, 31 October to Friday, 12 November 2021. In our ‘What’s On‘ area, we have a section for COP26 offering a useful guide to the summit, produced by CAFOD, with tips to help you get involved.
Our response is rooted in prayer and you can also download our prayer card and poster. Check out our ‘Environmental Case Studies’ for examples of how parishes, organisations, academic institutions, and other church groups are collaborating to help protect our common home.
Visit our COP26 section.
When writing ‘The Call of Creation’ in 2002, we, the Bishops of England and Wales, said that “care for the environment presents a major challenge for the whole of humanity in the 21st century.”1
The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St Francis, 4 October.
Global Healing is a film-based resource to help us to respond to the damage being done to our planet – our common home. It's for parishes, groups and individuals and aims to inform, challenge and equip people to engage with Pope Francis’ vital call to Care For Our Common Home.
Want to know how the Bishops' Conference is responding to the ecological crisis we are facing in England and Wales and, indeed, globally? We have collated a page of news, projects, information, links and downloads.
Edward de Quay, Project Manager for the Bishops’ Conference Environmental Advisory Group, looks at how Catholics in England and Wales have responded to Laudato Si’ and how each of us can be part of that response.