Earth Committee Urges All to Join Laudate Deum Action Pledge

Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum emphasizes the severity and depth of our climate crisis, and the need for immediate and bold action to care for our common home.  It is a follow-on to his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’.

The Pope’s message underscores the timely and intrinsic link between our Catholic faith and the moral imperative to protect our common home and all people and creatures today and tomorrow.

In Laudate Deum, Pope Francis tells “all people of good will” that due to the climate crisis, “the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.”  We have no time to waste and he pleads for action to “move beyond the mentality of appearing to be concerned but not having the courage needed to produce substantial changes.” (LD 56)

We have a choice. Just as God told Moses, “I have set before you life and death…choose life then, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19), we are also called to choose life now. To choose life means to change our lifestyles, activate our church communities and advocate for profound national and international action.

That’s why the Sisters of Providence Earth Committee urges all people to take the “My Laudate Deum Action Pledge.”  Doing so means a commitment to take concrete actions in three areas, such as:

  • Your personal and family life (such as eating less meat)
  • Within our Church community (such as reaching out to our parish leaders)
  • Advocating for systemic change at the national and global levels (such as asking for U.S. climate action policies)

You can find out more details and sign the pledge at: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/