The Great Barrier Reef ( photo from Flickr)

Catholic Earthcare advocates for shared ecological responsibility for our iconic global treasure, the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast. It supports a rich diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species, some of which are endemic to the reef system. It is an underwater Garden of Eden, a paradise of astonishing colours and life forms.

Parts of the reef are protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, however much of the reef is threatened. The most serious threat is climate change, as well as catchment pollution, coastal development and fishing.

We must take action to protect this fragile natural wonder from degradation and destruction.

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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

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.