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Laudato Si’ reflection slideshow

An image from the front cover of the Engagement Kit for MPs
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).

Run your own local petition

An image from the front cover of the Engagement Kit for MPs

Harness the power of your community and run your own local petition for climate justice to the House of Representatives!

Here’s an easy step-by-step guide - so easy you’ll be surprised!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.