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Sandhurst Diocese launch their commitment to Laudato Si’ action on the banks of the Broken Creek, Nathalia. Photo: Catholic Education Sandhurst

Welcome to Catholic Earthcare!

Our Earthcare Community is full of Earthcarers: like-minded Catholic parishes, schools, organisations and households committed to caring for our common home. ​

 

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Parishioners celebrate their commitment as an Earthcare Parish. Credit: Sandhurst Catholic Diocese

Earthcare Parishes Community

For earthcaring parish members, including social and ecological justice leaders in parishes.

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A primary school presents their Earthcare story at an Earthcare Schools Community network meeting. Photo: Mary's Mount Primary School

Earthcare Schools Community

For earthcaring teachers and school leaders in both primary and secondary schools.

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Staff at Sandhurst Diocese Chancery respond to ‘the cry of the poor’ – one of the seven Laudato Si’ Goals – by hosting a pancake morning tea to raise funds for Caritas Australia’s annual Project Compassion campaign. Photo: Kerry Stone/Caritas Australia​

Earthcare Organisations Community

For earthcaring businesses and organisations wanting to connect.

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Earthcarers of every age can help make a difference. Credit: Canva

Earthcare Households Community

For earthcaring individuals, families, young people and anyone wanting to make a difference.

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IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Catholic Bishops encourage each Catholic parish, diocese, eparchy, educational institution and organisation to join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform by 2024 and develop a Laudato Si’ Action Plan.

Australian Guide to Laudato Si' Action Planning

A new offering from Caritas Australia’s Catholic Earthcare program, this guide outlines a 4-step cycle of self-assessment, reflection, planning and action that complements the global Laudato Si’ Action Platform. It is designed to help you initiate practical, meaningful change within your parish, school, household or organisation as you plan and take action to live Laudato Si’

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ONLINE SCREENING - Burning Injustice

Burning Injustice is a short film about waste management in the US and looks at the social injustices and environmental racism that is becoming apparent in the US. Afterwards, we will also discuss what is happening in the city of Ipswich here in Australia and how similar issues are impacting our communities. Hope you can join us!

Watch the trailer here

When: Tuesday 25 June 2024

Time: 6:00 PM AEST

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Inspiring ideas

Earthcare communities around Australia share how they are taking action for the sake of our common home. 

Rice and Stations Night at Frenchs Forest

Each year the Frenchs Forest parish Social justice Group host the ‘Rice and Stations’ night during Lent to fundraise for Project compassion. After sharing a simple meal of rice to highlight the reality of poverty, participants walk through the Stations of the Cross in the Sacred Forest Spirituality and Learning Place.

St Kilian’s Easter Ethical Market

The local community gathered together to support the Easter Ethical market at St Kilian’s. Proceeds from the parish stalls were generously donated to the Earthcare Community Garden which is thriving! ‘Bin fairies’ helped out on the day to ensure waste was correctly disposed of.

Shalom College Solar Farm

Securing 100% of their energy needs from the sun, Shalom College Bundaberg is home to the largest solar farm on a private education facility. A massive 810kW system installed with a 1160kW Tesla battery. It has been running for 3 years strong as the school continues to replant trees that were removed for its installation.

Join our Earthcare Community

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference invites all parishes, educational institutions, organisations and eparchies to develop a Laudato Si’ Action Plan and upload it to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Caritas Australia’s Catholic Earthcare Team are here to support you!

Catholic Earthcare also acknowledges the key role that households play in responding to Laudato Si’.

Join the Catholic Earthcare community now as a parish, school, organisation or household and together we can learn how to better care for all creation.

When you join our Catholic Earthcare Community you will receive your free Australian Guide to Laudato Si’ Action Planning as well as other supporting resources for your sector.

Let us support you!

Contact our team of Earthcare Specialists to:

  • gain expert advice at each stage of the Laudato Si’ Action Planning process ​
  • learn more about your Earthcare Community and related events  ​
  • share your ideas and progress towards living Laudato Si’!​

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