Year of Laudato Si’ has come to a close. But its contribution to the good of humanity and of the planet we call home will continue.
The Vatican’s long-awaited program for putting Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical into action throughout the church debuted Tuesday, with the pope inviting all Catholics on a journey “to create the future we want: a more inclusive, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world.”
The ambitious churchwide initiative outlines seven categories of sustainability goals in the spirit of Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” which emphasizes integral ecology. Seven sectors of the church are asked to achieve those goals within a seven-year timeframe.
The goals include:
-Adopting renewable energy;
–Achieving carbon neutrality;
–Defending all life;
-Solidarity with Indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups;
-Adopting simpler lifestyles;
-Fostering ecological education and spirituality;
–Advocating for sustainable development;
-Following ethical investment guidelines, including divestment from fossil fuels and other industries that harm the planet.
The Encyclical may be accessed at this link: