World Mother Earth Day as a Time to Reflect (Eureka Street)
As a GCCM Member Organization, your leadership lights a beacon of hope for Catholics everywhere.
Fifty years ago this week, millions of people around the world came together to kick off a new era in the protection of our common home. In 1970, the very first Earth Day galvanized a movement that transformed how we see our place on this planet.
Today, the world faces newer and bigger challenges than we did half a century ago.
In his weekly address, Pope Francis honored the Earth Day movement. He said, “We can only be authentic custodians of the earth, and overcome the challenges before us–such as the coronavirus pandemic–by acting in solidarity with one another.”
Laudato Si’ teaches us how to build a better world–together.
The world faces history-defining crises. We’re praying and planning to build a better world together during Laudato Si’ Week.
Pope Francis has invited Catholics everywhere to participate in Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May. We’re uniting as a Catholic family to reflect, pray, and prepare for a more just and sustainable tomorrow.
When the first Earth Day was celebrated, the amazing gift of Laudato Si’ wasn’t yet with us. Now, with its clear and inspiring vision as our guide, we’re united by something much stronger than a movement: our faith.
Laudato Si’ teaches us that “everything is connected.” Join our brothers and sisters in faith for Laudato Si’ Week.
After you register, be sure to mark your calendar for these important dates:
- 16-23 May: Reflect and prepare through online trainings
- 24 May: Participate in a worldwide day of prayer to mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’
This week, we join Pope Francis in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day–and we mark this moment as the turning point for the 50 years to come.
Christina for Global Catholic Climate Movement
PS: Laudato Si’ Week will include special break-out sessions for institutions like yours. Join in here.
A young child participates in a plant workshop organized by UNDP Peru and FAO in Ayacucho, Peru. Photo: UNDP Peru.
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