Tree of Life Resource

NEW RESOURCE: To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Laudato Si' and to reaffirm our commitment to World Environment Day, Catholic Earthcare Australia has released our 2016 Resource, Tree of Life.

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Pope Francis' encyclical

Laudato Si’ is an inspiration and a game-changer. It offers us in Australia a powerful moral and spiritual imperative for environmental and social action.

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Cathollic Climate Petition

Pope Francis said, “On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” If you agree, sign our Catholic Climate Petition.

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Catholic Earthcare Australia envisions an environment that is closer to the plan of the Creator

Introducing Catholic Earthcare Australia

Catholic Earthcare is the ecological agency for the Catholic Church in Australia. Our purpose is to enable a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world through environmental education, research, national networks, advocacy and transformation. Through our work, including key initiatives such as ASSISI, the National Energy Efficiency Network and the Global Catholic Climate Movement, we promote the understanding that our environment is sacred and endangered and must be protected and sustained for present and future generations.

We invite all people of goodwill to journey with us in the most critical and urgent of tasks – of safeguarding the integrity of Creation, acting on climate change, protecting Earth’s fragile ecosystems and providing a voice for the victims of environmental degradation, injustice and pollution.


Catholic Earthcare in the community

  • Early Bird Special - Register by April 18th for Laudato Si' Symposium Early Bird Special

    Catholic Earthcare Australia invites you to St Clement’s Retreat Centre in Galong, NSW, for Spirit Dreaming, Earth Responding, Living Laudato Si’ – a Symposium & Retreat for clergy, religious and lay people seeking to integrate Laudato Si’ into their way of being on Earth.

  • Laudato Si' Animator Program - Register Now

    You are warmly invited to join a Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program in 2017. Our next program will be taking place at the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia (Western Australia) from October 9th – 12th. Please register now to ensure your spot.

  • Mercy to Earth Weekend

    Both the celebration of Mercy Sunday and Earth Day are the on same weekend in 2017, and to celebrate, the #Mercy2Earth Weekend is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Mercy to Earth” message and put it into action. This weekend in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement and has a number of special resources for you to celebrate #Mercy2Earth Weekend, both online from your home and in your parish or community.

  • Faith in a Basin Future Dialogue Evening Invitation Canberra May 1st

    We invite you to hear about new research on integral ecology in the Murray-Darling Basin and to join us for dialogue on how this concept might support communities into the future.

  • Catholic Earthcare Australia and Community Energy

    The 2017 Community Energy Congress was held in the Melbourne Town Hall and was attended by some 600 participants including Simon Habel and Philippa Rowland from Catholic Earthcare Australia. It was organised by the Coalition for Community Energy, and is the premier event on Australia’s community energy calendar. The Congress brought together around 600 people to strengthen this budding sector, share information, develop skills, foster new networks, celebrate success and plan for action.

  • Message from Pope Francis for World Day of Peace

    "I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity."

  • A$7 Trillion pledged for divestment

    A new report by Arabella Advisors shows that the scope of global fossil fuel divestment has doubled over the past 15 months, with institutions and individuals controlling US$5.197 trillion in assets pledging to divest.

  • RESOURCE: Sunday Gospel Reflections

    We are delighted to partner with Sr Veronica Lawson to offer Sunday Gospel reflections for you to download and share with your community.

  • RESOURCE: Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action

    To celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation we have released a short video called Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.

Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.