Dear friend,

Advent is a time of waiting. This season, we wait for the unimaginable good—the birth of God among us, Emmanuel. And this is not a passive waiting. On the contrary, we spend these weeks preparing the way so that our hearts and the world alike are fertile ground for this seed of divine love when it arrives.

In the work for ecological justice, I spend a lot of time thinking of this sort of active waiting. So much of the time, it can feel like we are just waiting—whether we're waiting for decision-makers to act with moral courage and integrity for the future of our planet or waiting for the clock to run out. Sometimes, this waiting can feel hopeless. I, for one, at times can feel powerless before such enormous systems, overwhelmed by the scope and complexity of the change that this protracted moment of crisis requires.

This Advent season, however, I'm reminded that, against all the odds, God chose to take on the fullness of the human experience—not as a powerful ruler, but as a powerless child, born to a marginalized and stigmatized family on the run. Our God is a God of surprises who calls us, even in the midst of our despair, to prepare the way for the unimaginable good, the inbreaking of love into a world of suffering.

This Advent, how can you prepare the way with your actions for the birth of the unimaginable good, even as you endure this long night of waiting? How can you begin right now to create the habitable and thriving future you long for, a world of ecological justice and restored relationship within and among creation?

With hope,

Anna Robertson
Director of Youth and Young Adult Mobilization, Catholic Climate Covenant


Creation Care at the National Catholic Youth Conference

In mid-November, more than 10,000 high school youth, priests, youth ministers, and chaperones convened in Indianapolis for this year's National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) gathering. Among attendees were members of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis's Creation Care Commission, who brought integral ecology to life through a host of creative and interactive activities, including "plarning"—knitting from plastic—mats for people experiencing homelessness. In addition to plarning, participants could take a selfie with Pope Francis and add their thoughts on caring for creation as a sticker, wander through the 'Forest of Mercy' to see what actions they can take in their daily lives, sign up for the Laudato Si' Action Platform, pray with the Ignatian Eco Examen, or roll The Earth Cube. Learn more about the Creation Care Commission's involvement at NCYC and get inspired on their blog.

Photo Source: Archdiocese of Indianapolis Creation Care Commission

Laudato Si' Movement Is Hiring!

Our friends at Laudato Si' Movement are seeking a full-time, temporary U.S. Outreach Coordinator. For more information and to apply, visit their website.


Dare to Hope for Ecological Justice This Advent

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, North Carolina, has produced an Advent Calendar, Daring to Hope, with daily ideas for spiritual reflection and actions to care for the poor and our common home. Check out their great work on our website!



We are always looking for stories of young people serving as protagonists in the fight for a habitable and thriving planet. Are you engaging young people creatively around climate justice and integral ecology? Send us your story at!


Critical Action Alert

Though the path of the reconciliation package has obstacles, your support for climate action and environmental justice can resound. It's time for your U.S. senators and representative to hear of your support grounded in our Catholic faith.


From the Blog:
Fast Fashion and Sustainable Gift-Giving

"I’ve recently begun working as an Intern for Youth and Young Adult Mobilization with Catholic Climate Covenant, something I’m not surprised by since Saint Francis and I go way back. I chose him as my patron saint for Confirmation and then proceeded to spend 12 years of my young adult life with a community of Franciscan women. What does surprise me, however, is just how long I had missed the huge connection between ecology and spirituality." So begins the recent piece Intern for Youth and Young Adult Mobilization Desiré Findlay wrote on sustainable fashion and gift-giving for Catholic Climate Covenant's blog. Whether you're buying clothes as a gift for someone else or for yourself, read on for ideas of how to do so mindfully and sustainably.


We are well on our way!

Thanks to your generosity on Giving Tuesday, we have met our fundraising goal to match the $25,000 donation from the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and are well on our way to raise a minimum of $100,000 as we start our End of the Year Campaign (December 1-31.)

Donations from both campaigns will help further our goal to love and protect God’s gift to us. We are encouraged by Pope Francis' quote "Let us walk together taking care of each other and of creation, our common home." We hope it will inspire those who have yet to donate to think about what care for creation means and to join us in making the new year one of increased action on behalf of our common home.


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