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Families in Fiji are already being hit hard by climate change. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

Climate change action

Take a stand to fight against policies that contribute to climate change. 

We're all impacted by climate change, but the impact is especially severe for people living in extreme poverty – who have done the least to contribute to it.

The communities we work with tell us how their farming seasons are more unpredictable, making cropping more difficult. Cyclones and extreme weather events have become more intense and damaging. Sea levels are rising, flooding homes, contaminating water wells and forcing communities to relocate. In many ways, climate change is hurting the people we support. This is why we work in solidarity with these communities for action on climate change.

Why the fight for climate justice is so important

What does the Church say about Climate Change?

It is clear from Pope Francis' encyclical - Laudato Si': Caring for our Common Home -  that as Catholics, we are called to take action for climate justice.

Laudato Si' (which means "Praise be to you") is a letter on human ecology released in 2015.

It is the Church’s most profound clarion call yet for us all to be protectors of creation and the poor. The Holy Father has called for a new global solidarity, where all individuals, communities and governments play an essential part in taking care of our earth and global family.

In our region, the Federation of Oceania Catholic Bishops (including the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) have spoken robustly about climate change and the need to be more active in reducing emissions.

Within the global Caritas confederation, Cardinals, Bishops and lay Caritas leaders at the 2018 Caritas Oceania forum also reinforced this theme, and have made caring for creation one of their top priorities. Caritas Internationalis has made climate change an overarching theme in its strategic plan.

"Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience."

Pope Francis

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Join us in the fight for climate justice

By combining our efforts, we can achieve a future where everyone has a safer climate. To find out what you can do, join our mailing list.