Participate in Laudato Si’ Circles
Laudato Si’ Circles are a new program for groups to deepen their relationship with God and creation and support each other in living Laudato Si’ and addressing the climate crisis. Laudato Si’ Circles are rooted in the three pillars of prayer, reflection and action. GCCM provides a monthly reflection and suggestions for action to Circles, which can also be used by existing small faith groups who wish to better integrate Laudato Si’ into their prayer life.
Host a Season of Creation Event
This is an ecumenical, global event taking place between Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis. This event provides a time for the Church to purposefully integrate care for creation into our spiritual life and focus on prayer, personal reflection, and advocacy for creation. This year the theme for Season of Creation is “ Web of Life.”
Support the Climate Strikes
Fridays for the Future was started by Greta Thunberg in 2018, when the teenager started striking from school to call for action on the climate crisis. Since then they have spread around the globe. The next global strike is Sept. 20, during the Season of Creation. We ask Catholics to join local strikes and host their own, and for Catholic school and school systems around the world to participate.
Amazon Synod Discernment Process
The global synod, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and Integral Ecology” will be held from Oct. 6 - 27 and explore our current ecological crises, protection of biodiversity, responsible land use, and the respect of indigenous rights. The Synod also invites the Church as a whole to discernment. GCCM has drafted a small group reflection guide for the Synod that can be used within local communities.
Divest from Fossil Fuels
Divestment is a concrete way to live out our faith by refusing to profit from or support companies still developing fossil fuels. Making a public declaration on divestment can be a form of prophetic advocacy, and call on others to do the same. The next GCCM public divestment announcement is on Sept. 10. To join, institutions commit to fully divesting from fossil fuels over the next five years. GCCM is also extending the divest announcements to recognize shareholder advocacy and include institutions who have divested of all shares other than those needed to engage in shareholder advocacy.
Become a Laudato Si’ Animator
GCCM’s primary volunteer program, the Laudato Si’ Animators program provides training on the science and effects of climate change, how the Church responds to climate change, and how we can respond in our own lives and communities. Animators are also invited to join online discussions and regular monthly calls. The next Animators training takes place starting the week of July 8. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join a GCCM Working Group
Working Groups help guide the direction of GCCM, identify priorities in their area, create resources, and identify and share best practices and highlights in other parts of the Church. Working group topics include: Advocacy, Eco-Spirituality, Sustainability, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and planning for COP25.
Start or participate in Local GCCM Chapters
GCCM Chapters are groups representing a region or locality and dedicated to educating the community and advocating for change. GCCM Chapters can be comprised of representatives of different organizations, or individuals in the region. GCCM Chapters generally engage in advocacy in their area, education and workshops, and take part in GCCM global campaigns, and join a monthly call for chapter leaders. Groups active in their region through other networks but who wish to be part of our monthly chapter calls and wider network may also join this program.
Host a Laudato Si’ Retreat
Laudato Si’ Retreats nurture our spiritual growth and bring participants into communion with nature. They allow us to hear creation’s song, hear creation’s heart, and respond in hope. GCCM provides a Laudato Si’ Retreat guide that can be used by all.
Join Living the Change
Run by our partners at GreenFaith, Living the Change invites individuals to commit to meaningful change in our own lives in the categories of transportation, electricity usage, and food. Living the Change provides guidance on the most impactful actions we can take, and also asks leaders to make pledges as well that they share with their communities.