The Washington-based Catholic Climate Covenant helps Catholics respond to the church’s call to care for creation and those most affected by the climate crisis. The organization is grounded in the church’s deep history of teaching on creation, ecology and the most vulnerable.
In its latest series of updates, CCC officials urge Catholics and faith communities to sign on to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. The treaty is a a global initiative that strives for an international regime that complements the Paris Agreement in addressing the still growing supply of fossil fuels.
The treaty was drafted during the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP28, in December in Dubai, to advance a global transition away from fossil fuels.
CCC officials also urge Catholics to accept the challenge from Pope Francis and take the Laudate Deum Action Pledge, as a way to act together for our common home.
In Laudate Deum, Pope Francis calls “all people of good will” to take action on the climate crisis and “move beyond the mentality of appearing to be concerned but not having the courage needed to produce substantial changes.” (LD 56) He particularly calls on us in the United States to make personal changes to our consumerist lifestyles, reduce our fossil fuel use, and to also advocate for systemic actions to address the climate crisis.
Here is a glimpse of the beginning of the pledge: