The Laudato Si’ Action Platform officially launched on Sunday, Nov. 14, just after the conclusion of the international climate change conference known as COP26.
Religious orders, represented in the United States by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Leadership Conference of Religious Women, had eagerly joined educational institutions in the early planning efforts as a way to respond to harmful climate change.
According to the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, there are now over 200 religious orders committed for this first year. Family, parish/diocese, healthcare, business, and community organization sectors have also mobilized to craft concrete action to Care for our Common Home.
Those enrolling in the platform have been asked to share public commitments. Statements from CMSM members describe a wide range of proposed action, including simplifying lifestyles in local communities, reducing carbon footprints, theological reflection, and advocating for public policies that assist those most harmed by climate change. Examples from our members:
- Capuchin Friars of the Province of St. Joseph
- Order of Friars Minor Conventual
- Congregation of the Passion
- Augustian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova
LSAP Promoters within CMSM are invited to attend a webinar on Friday, November 19, 1-2 pm ET to learn about the platform enrollment process and the next steps, including the required self-assessment. Register here.