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Environment

 

"I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

- Pope Francis, Inauguration, 3/19/13

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40) Of particular concern to the Church is how environmental problems and our response to these challenges will affect poor and vulnerable people at home and around the world.

In response to Pope John Paul II's groundbreaking 1990 World Day of Peace message entitled Peace With God the Creator, Peace With All of Creation, the full body of U.S. Catholic bishops adopted their first statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching.In this foundational statement the bishops draw attention to the ethical dimensions of the ecological crisis, exploring the link between ecology and poverty and the implications of environmental degradation for human life and dignity.

Building on the commitment made by the U.S. bishops in their 1991 statement Renewing the Earth, the Environmental Justice Program (EJP)  of the USCCB was created in 1993 to educate and motivate Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and to encourage Catholics to address environmental problems, particularly as they affect poor and vulnerable people. EJP acts as a resource for Catholic dioceses and state Catholic conferences, and through them Catholic parishes.

What's New

Coalition Letter to Senate in support of Amendment (#1856) to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392)
This amendment would create an energy-efficiency pilot program for non-profit organizations.

Summary of Moral Principles from Bishops' Committee Energy Statement, Reflections on the Energy Crisis
A Statement by the USCCB Committee on Social Development and World Peace, April 2, 1981

Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Energy on The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 24, 2013

New Resources for the Feast of St. Francis 2013 - Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change

Friending Planet Earth: Helping Youth Understand Solidarity and Sustainability in Light of Climate Change

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

St. Francis Care for Creation Award

Bishops' Statements on the Environment

Major Initiatives of the Environmental Justice Program

Related Campaigns/Partners

More Information

Letter to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, February 21, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change
Religious leaders, including Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, January 29, 2013

Letter to Senate from Faith Leaders in Support of Final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
May 17, 2012

Comments on EPA Proposed Regulations on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

 

An Ecological Spirituality
 
Archbishop Wenski Reflection on Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change 2014-10-20
 
Archived Environmental Justice Program Documents
 
At Risk in the Womb
 
Background on Children's Health and the Environment 2011-02
 
Bishops' Statements on the Environment
 
Cambio climático global: Llamado al diálogo, la prudencia y el bien común
 
Catholic Environmental Consultation November 2012
 
CCHD Evirnmental Justice Funded Programs with Chart 2014
 
CCHD Evironmental Justice Funded Programs 2014
 
Children At Risk From Lead Poisoning
 
Children's Health and the Environment Backgrounder
 
Climate Change Justice and Health Initiative
 
Climate change quotes
 
Coalition Letter to Senate in support of Amendment (#1856) to S. 1392
 
Comments to EPA from Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates on carbon pollution standards 2014-07-30
 
Comments to EPA from Archbishop Wenski Bishop Pates on Carbon Pollution Standards 2014-07-30 Spanish
 
Environmental Health Public Policy and Advocacy
 
Environmental Issues
 
Environmental Justice Program
 
Environmental Justice Program Public Policy
 
Environmental Primer October 2014
 
Environmental-Catholic Campaign for Human Development  2013-2015
 
Global Climate Change 2010
 
Global Climate Change A Plea for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good
 
Good Sense, Good Air 2011-11-07
 
Joint Letter to Congress on Funding National Children's Study on Health and Environment 2007-01-08
 
Joint Letter to Congress on Funding National Children's Study on Health and Environment 2007-05-08
 
Leadership Development and Education
 
Leadership Development and Education
 
Letter on Climate Change to President Obama 2013-01-29
 
Letter to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change 2013-02-21
 
Letter to Congress Appropriations Conferees on Testing of Pesticides 2005-07-12
 
Letter to Congress from Bishop Hubbard and CRS on Climate Change 2009-06-24
 
Letter to Congressman Regula from Cardinal McCarrick on National Childrens Health Study 2004-04-27
 
Letter to Congressman Specter from Cardinal McCarrick on National Children's Health Study 2004-04-27
 
Letter to EPA from Archbishop Wenski on Carbon Emissions Standards 2014-05-29
 
Letter to EPA from Archbishop Wenski on Carbon Emissions Standards 2014-05-29 Spanish
 
Letter to EPA From USCCB General Counsel on Final Rule on Testing Pesticides on Humans 2005-12-12
 
Letter to EPA from USCCB on Mercury Emmissions 2004-06-29
 
Letter to EPA from USCCB on Testing of Pesticides on Humans 2003-09-10
 
Letter to House from Bishop DiMarzio on Environmental Justice 2005-05-19
 
Letter to President Obama from Archbishop Wenski and Religious Leaders on Climate Change 2014-01-30
 
Letter to Sen Energy on energy efficiency 2013-06-24
 
Letter to Senate Energy Natural Resources Committee from Bishop Wenski on Climate Change 2006-05-13
 
Letter to Senate Energy Natural Resources Committee from Bishop Wenski on Climate Change 2007-02-07
 
Letter to Senate from Bishop Hubbard and CRS on Climate Change 2010-06-03
 
Letter to Senate from Bishop Ricard on Climate Change 2005-06-16
 
Letter to Senate from Bishop Wenski on Climate Change Bill 2008-06-02
 
Letter to Senator Collins from Cardinal McCarrick and Rev. Place on Mercury Reduction Act 2003-05-15
 
Letters to Sen. McCain and Sen. Leiberman from Bishop Wenski on Climate Change 2006-10-06
 
Major Initiatives
 
Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation and Stewardship
 
Protecting Unborn Children in Their First Environment Matters
 
Reflections on the Energy Crisis 1981-04-02
 
Renewing the Earth
 
Scholarly Activity
 
Summary of Moral principles from Bishops’ Energy Statement
 
Taking Action Globally
 
Testimony on Climate Change to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2007-06-07
 
United Faiths Letter on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
 
USCCB Testimony at EPA Public Hearing 2014-7-30
 
USCCB-CCCC-CUA Call for Papers
 
Useful Resources for Dioceses and Parishes
 
What Can You Do to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Environment
 
Why a Special Focus on Children
 
Why Does the Church Care About Global Climate Change
 
Why We Should Care About Children's Health and the Environment


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