Engaging Catholic Parishes across the Nation for Earth Day

Earth Day Network is engaging Catholic parishes across the nation and encouraging them to participate in Earth Day Sunday so that faith leaders may share a with their parishioners the importance of protecting and nurturing our planet. Many positive responses have been coming in every day, with events ranging from the installation of solar panels at the Saint Benedict Roman Catholic Church in Holmdel, New Jersey, to roadside cleanups at Saint John Fisher Chapel in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

If you’re looking for ways to engage your place of worship this Earth Day, we invite you to take a look at Earth Day Network’s Faith Outreach Page as well as the resources from our wide-range of partners and friends in the faith community.

We also encourage individuals and organizations to sign onto the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change (IMAC) Statement. Earlier this month, Earth Day Network joined several religious groups and their supporters in signing this call to action on climate change.

Please don’t forget to list your events on our Billion Acts of Greenwebsite in order to help promote you faith-focused event!

In related news…

A couple of weeks ago, the Catholic Green Initiative from the Diocese of San José in California, led by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, signed the St. Francis Pledge. As the Catholic Climate Covenant explains, the St. Francis Pledge is “a promise and commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change.”

The Catholic Green Initiative of Santa Clara County was formed in 2009 to encourage Catholics to educate themselves about environmentally friendly practices and conservation issues as a means to green the Diocese. This year, the Diocese of San José will ask every parishioner to sign the pledge on Earth Day - April 22nd

In a letter dated March 9th, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath highlights what the St. Francis Pledge entails:

Pray to reflect our responsibility to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;

Learn about and educate others about climate change;

Assess how we contribute to climate change in our homes, our schools, our parishes and in the chancery;

Actto reduce our climate change impact;

Advocate Catholic principles in climate change discussions and policy work”

The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor Initiative was launched on April 22, 2009, by the Catholic Coalition on Creation Care  which includes a dozen Catholic organizations and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. So far, the Catholic Climate Covenant has collected over 6,500 pledges from individuals, organizations, parishes and religious orders as well as schools, colleges and universities.

To learn more about the Catholic Climate Covenant St. Francis Pledge, please visit: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/the-st-francis-pledge/.