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Join our Community Climate Petition campaign in 2017

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Right now it’s more important than ever that Australia takes strong and urgent action on climate change. That’s why we’re running a huge climate justice campaign in 2017 that will get the attention of every MP in the country. We want to create the largest coordinated multi-electorate petition in Australia’s history, and make it impossible to ignore that people of faith want climate justice.

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Climate Justice Action Kit

This climate justice action kit helps you explore climate justice, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and stories from climate frontlines.  It offers many ideas and helpful tips for taking action, including running a climate petition or a Hearts 4 Climate, holding letter-writing circles and events, spreading the word on media and social media, and taking practical actions for sustainability.

Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change: Climate Change in the Pacific

Research by Caritas in 2016 showed that the impacts of climate change in the Pacific are more pervasive than ever. Most significantly, there were widespread food and water shortages in 2015-16 due to climate change, resulting in hardship, illness, malnutrition and even death in the most vulnerable communities.

Pacific communities are fighting for their way of life with resourcefulness and courage. But they need us to act in solidarity.

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Hearts 4 Climate

Join us by taking part in Caritas Hearts 4 Climate and make your own personal pledge for climate justice, draw strength from your fellow campaigners and send a clear message to your MP that, out of love and compassion, you are asking for strong climate action.

Laudato Si’ reflection slideshow

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What is Pope Francis urgently appealing for us to do in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’?

This short slideshow (4 min) reflects on his messages. (Suggestion: can be shown on a silent loop before or after Mass, or to prompt discussion in groups).

Prayer for our earth

"All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.”

  • Prayer Card (JPG, 695KB)
  • Prayer for our earth (PPT, 13.4MB) - A prayer and reflection PowerPoint presentation for schools and parishes using the prayer from the Encyclical, ‘A prayer for our earth’.
  • Prayer for the earth Song (PDF, 266KB) - Lyrics and music chart. Adaptation and musical setting by Song and Spirit. You can listen to it here

Presentation on Laudato Si' and climate justice

A presentation for schools and parishes detailing the key messages of the Encyclical; the Caritas response, including three stories of hope and resilience from Australia, Asia (Bangladesh) and the Pacific (Solomon Islands); the call to action and what we can do. This presentation ends with a prayer and reflection inspired by the Saint Francis of Assisi “Canticle of Creation”, from which Pope Francis’ Encyclical took its name.

Engaging your MP guide

Your local member is your representative in Parliament and you're entitled to ask him or her to represent your interests. This guide is designed to demystify how you can engage your MP to talk about the issues important to you.

Media engagement kit

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Groups can publicise their activity by using the media. Positive use of the media can raise awareness, increase support and fundraising, and recruit new people.

The kit includes tips for preparing before the event, writing a media release and interacting with media, and following-up after you've made initial contact with the media.

Catholic Social Teaching – Stewardship of Creation

Schools and Parishes can explore our interactive, online Catholic Social Teaching toolkit; the Stewardship of Creation section considers the core elements of this principle through cartoons, videos, photos, quotes and more, including its Scriptural underpinning and the call to “hear the cry of the earth and the poor.” [Laudato Si’ 49]

Classroom resources for schools

Explore Caritas Australia's education resources related to climate justice and the environment, with full Australian Curriculum links.