Dear Friend,

There is a window of opportunity that comes around only once a decade: a real chance for national legislation to address the climate crisis. We are excited to get to work with you, our supporters, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and our national Catholic partners to continue our work to protect, rebuild, and ultimately save our world. It is clear that climate action will be a major focus of the new administration, and we must seize this opportunity.

Besides legislative possibilities, the Covenant is:

  • building a new youth and young adult mobilization program

  • hosting the second of three Laudato Si’ conferences this summer, and

  • working closely with global and U.S. partners on the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

These efforts will require us to draw on our faith, on the demands of justice, and on concrete, persistent and consistent actions. Your full engagement with us will assure success. Stay tuned throughout the year for ways you can help accomplish this ambitious agenda!

Let’s together both imagine and rebuild a better future.


Dan Misleh         
Founding Executive Director         
Catholic Climate Covenant


Action of the Month

Sign up now to prepare for Earth Day 2021 – get the new program as soon as it’s available!

The theme for this year’s Earth Day program is “Restore Our Common Home”, a theme that will address how as people of faith we must urgently act to not only protect but restore God’s beautiful gift of creation. The one-hour educational and prayer program will be the perfect way for our families, parishes, schools, and religious communities to prepare for the Vatican’s launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Plan in May 2021. The 2021 Eartth Day program will contain prayers, readings, discussion questions, a short video, and suggested activities.  

Register here to receive the program in your inbox by mid-March. 

Catholics Leading the Way

Join Catholic Climate Covenant at the 2021 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering!

“Make justice your aim” (cf. Is. 1:17): Rebuilding Together 

February 6-9, 2021, Virtual Gathering

This year’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will offer attendees abundant opportunities to learn about and engage with the Church’s mission of creation care, including a community workshop featuring Covenant staff Jose Aguto, Associate Director,  and Anna Robertson, Youth and Young Adult Mobilization Director, on advancing the vision of Laudato Si’ in the Church.

Don’t miss this transformative annual gathering for leaders in Catholic social ministry and advocacy! 

This year, we will pray, learn, and advocate together on the disparities revealed by COVID-19 and re-imagine new models of justice and solidarity.

For more than 30 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) has brought together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to address pressing current domestic and global challenges affecting our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at home and around the world.

This year’s virtual gathering will include:

  • Inspiring leading voices in Church and society.
  • Workshops with policy experts and grassroots community leaders.
  • Intentional opportunities for sharing best practices among participants.
  • Resources from dozens of Catholic social ministry organizations.
  • Virtual advocacy visits with elected officials.
  • And much more!

Act now to be part of the special initiative for young leaders in Catholic social ministry and learn more about our Diversity Outreach Initiative.

To register or for more information visit

Join the discussion and be part of the solution!


Emergence: Join first event hosted by Catholic Climate Covenant’s new Youth and Young Adult Mobilization effort

Are you a young Catholic* between the ages of 18 and 39 who...

  • Cares about the climate crisis and environmental justice?
  • Is looking for spiritual resources to help you navigate today's challenges?
  • Has a desire to connect with other young people with similar concerns?
  • Wants to play an active role in shaping a flourishing future for this planet and those of us who call it home?

Join Catholic Climate Covenant for “Emergence: A Creation Care Gathering for Young Catholics,” on Tuesday, February 23 from 4:30–6 p.m. Pacific Time / 7:30–9 p.m. Eastern Time. This event will serve to kick off our 2021 initiatives with our new Youth and Young Adult Mobilization program, which seeks to inspire, animate, and nourish creation care among young Catholics in the United States. Information on accessing the Zoom meeting will be sent by email upon completing your registration.

Register online to join this event!

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with one another in meaningful conversation, to learn about and engage in a prayer practice inspired by the Catholic tradition and Pope Francis' Laudato Si', and to engage in collective dreaming about the emerging possibilities for Catholic Climate Covenant's new Youth and Young Adult Mobilization efforts.

*Devout Catholic? Lapsed Catholic? Catholic-curious? Cultural Catholic? Catholic-adjacent? Our generation's relationships to Catholicism are complex, many, and varied. However you define your relationship to Catholicism, you are welcome at this event.


New creation care guidebook available, and online dialogue planned

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, and Catholic Climate Covenant have published a new Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME. The new guidebook offers diocesan ecumenical and interreligious officers, pastors, parish groups and the faithful at large a number of theological and practical resources to put the ecological and creation care counsels of Pope Francis and Catholic magisterial voices, along with selected interfaith voices, into practical action. “This guidebook has been prepared with a sense of urgency about the health of planet Earth and the wellbeing of its people, particularly the most vulnerable,”  states the opening summary of the guidebook.

Read the news story in National Catholic Reporter here on the publication launch and webinar discussion.

And on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m-Noon. Eastern join Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Rabbi David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the AJC; and Imam Saffet Abid Catovic, a long-time American Muslim Community Organizer/Activist and Environmental Leader – all in an online conversation hosted and facilitated by Fr. Walter F. Kedjierski, USCCB, Executive Director, Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs to celebrate the publishing of the new guidebook.

Click here to register and to obtain the  event link.


Video: A Laudato Si' Lens on Environmental Justice, Part 1

In case you missed our webinar: A Laudato Si' Lens on Environmental Justice, Part 1, a video recording is now available! In this first part of the series, Dr. Catherine Wright, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Executive Director of Collaborative for the Common Good, Wingate University, unpacks the meaning of environmental justice and how Catholic Social Teaching (in particular Laudato Si’) gives us a helpful lens to view and act on this important issue. Veronica Coptis, Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice, presents on her organization’s collaboration with area residents living with the daily impacts of fossil fuel extraction, to improve oversight of and accountability for fossil fuel extraction and use, and protect public and environmental health. Watch the video here.


How to Evaluate Your Parish or Catholic Nonprofit for Solar 

Solar installations offer churches and Catholic nonprofits, as well as other nonprofits, ample opportunities to reduce their energy costs and create income without any need for capital expenditures. These solar opportunities are directly impacted by the state your properties are located in and the utility serving your properties. The Covenant’s Catholic Energies program makes it very simple for Catholic institutions to navigate the process and see if solar makes sense for them!

Mission Energy, which operates the Catholic Energies program, is hosting a webinar on February 25th at 12 p.m. Eastern to educate church leaders and nonprofit organizations on 1) the most important factors to consider when it comes to the economic and environmental benefits offered by solar installations, and 2) the methods available for nonprofits to avoid upfront capital costs to pay for these installations. The conversation will be hosted by Page Gravely, President, and Robert Quist, Chief Investment Officer, at Mission Energy . The presentation will be about 20-30 minutes followed by any audience questions.

Go here to register. Upon registration, Mission Energy will send you the Zoom link for the webinar. 

In addition, to read the latest on Catholic Energies and learn more about this dynamic program, Catholic Energies just released its quarterly newsletter to keep the Catholic community informed of faithful organizations going solar. The newsletter includes updates on upcoming Catholic solar projects, such as the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, NY, expanding their campus-wide use of solar energy; and the Healy-Murphy Center for youth in San Antonio, TX, moving forward on its solar project. Read the full newsletter here.

Lenten resources for 2021 now available

Catholic Climate Covenant is starting to collect 2021 Lenten Resources here. We wil continue to update the page as we receive resources, so check back often and please share any resources we may have missed!

Hope for Creation

The Covenant continues our virtual initiative of hope in these challenging days to invite prayers, meditations, stories, essays, statements, reflections, art, poems, songs, photos, and videos to celebrate creation, and each other. Share the Hope for Creation initiative with friends, school, or your parish, which we are extending throughout Laudato Si’ Year, through May 24, 2021.

Faithful Action on Climate Change

Monthly Laudato Si’ prayer services

Global Catholic Climate Movement is offering Global Prayer Services every first Friday of the month to hear creation’s song, creation’s cry, and creation’s invitation. Throughout these prayer services they will offer a guest's reflection, scripture reading and prayers of the faithful. Register here for the next prayer sevice, this Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. Eastern.

New study: most voters support ambitious climate action

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on their latest national survey, conducted after the 2020 election. The report finds large majorities of registered voters – often across party lines – support numerous policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy, such as:

Acting on Global Warming: 70% say corporations and industry should do more to address global warming. Half or more say citizens (63%), the Republican Party (62%), the U.S. Congress (62%), their local government officials (56%), the Democratic Party (56%), their governor (55%), the media (50%), and they themselves (50%) should do more to address global warming.

These and many other findings are available in the full report.

Video: Faith and the Faithful in a Time of National Crisis and New Leadership

The Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life presents a video of the powerful dialogue on Faith and the Faithful in a Time of National Crisis and New Leadership held Thursday, January 14. Diverse Christian leaders and a veteran journalist explored the roles of religious values and communities in the current national crisis and the opportunities and challenges in dealing with a new Biden-Harris Administration and new Congress. If you were not among the 2,100 viewers who joined us live, you can view a video recording of the dialogue here.

Awakening the Dreamer

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue.” - Pope Francis

St. Anthony of Padua Church invites you to an interactive workshop from the Pachamama Alliance where members of the Social Justice Committee will lead attendees in an educational and spiritual experience that has inspired people in more than 100 countries. The program will help participants discover their role in creating a more sustainable future for our earth. The free presentation will help plant the seeds for people to become more proactive in our care for creation. Join the Social Justice Committee in helping to create a sustainable future. The program will be presented over three sessions, via Zoom.

February 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
March 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
March 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


All are invited. For planning purposes, pre-registration is needed by Friday, February 12th. To register, please call the parish at 203.259.0358 or email

Faith, Science and Youth Video

CIDSE has produced a SHORT VIDEO with key messages from the speakers of the webinar Faith, science and youth – A call  for an ambitious climate summit (which took place in December.) The video includes input from: Cardinal Turkson (Prefect of the Dicastery for promoting integral human development); Professor Schellnhuber (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research); Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (Coordinator of AFPAT, Chad); and Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President of The Club of Rome).

You can directly watch the video here, and read here the accompanying article on the CIDSE website.



Catholic Climate Covenant provides all its programs and resources free of charge. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to  inspire and equip people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through our 19 national partners, we guide the U.S. Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources. Thank you for giving to care for creation and care for the poor.

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