GCCM_5th Anniversary – 15th January 2020


From: catholicclimatemovement.global
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020
Subject: Tough Times Call for Hope!

Dear friends,

The climate crisis doesn’t take holidays. We’re redoubling our efforts.


As we enter 2020 together, we see that the climate crisis doesn’t take holidays.

  • Australia: our brothers and sisters flee wildfires by the thousands–with untold loss of life in plants and animals.
  • The Philippines: mass evacuation from out-of-season typhoons becomes the new normal.
  • The United States: complete withdrawal from the Paris agreement takes place later this year unless a president with moral climate policies is elected.

Climate change is a “threat multiplier” that makes every crisis even worse. There’s no way to sugarcoat this: the future will be difficult. 

But we have the power of hope. Our faith tells us that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

In 2020, we hunger and thirst for righteousness. It’s been five years since GCCM was founded, and we’ve done so much together:

  • collected nearly 1 million signatures to support the Paris agreement
  • trained 1,500 Laudato Si’ Animators to be champions of change
  • organized events for the Season of Creation, the transformative month of prayer and action for creation
  • and so much more–all of it done shoulder-to-shoulder together

I invite you to take a look at this blog post with our 2020 plans and to join us for an online prayer service to celebrate the fifth anniversary of GCCM. That’s five years of the Holy Spirit at work, five years of action, five years together with you and this incredible network. Please join us.


What: Prayer service for the fifth anniversary of GCCM
When: Wednesday, 15 January  at: 14:00 NYC / 14:00 Quito / 20:00 Rome /                                             Thursday, 16 January at 6:00 Sydney 
How: Register to attend or receive the recording here



We’re working and praying together in 2020, and attending the prayer service 15 January is an inspiring way to anchor this new year in hope.

And as you start adding the most important events to your calendar, be sure to take a look at our 2020 plans and make a note for May and September, when Catholic communities around the world will stand up for hope together. 

The challenge is steep, but we have our faith and each other. I pray that this year, we experience the Holy Spirit’s healing and the peace that surpasses all understanding.


Christina Leaño for Global Catholic Climate Movement


PS: Looking for even more inspiration? Here’s a video recap of the Season of Creation 2019. It’s a wonderful reminder that progress is possible. Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Season of Creation in September and for Laudato Si’ Week in May.

PPS: We’re looking for innovative, faithful leaders to help bring Laudato Si’ to life in 2020 and beyond. Please visit our jobs page to learn more about our roles in operations and program management in North America, Africa, and Europe. 

Global Catholic Climate Movement · United States

You can also keep up with Global Catholic Climate Movement on Twitter or Facebook.

Marisa Vertrees
Organizing Director
Global Catholic Climate Movement
703-386-6078 (c)


Justice, Ecology and Development Office © 2014 Frontier Theme