In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on humanity to work together to care for our Common Home. He reminds us that education is an important tool to enable future generations to protect God’s creation.

This inspired us to produce a short video about gardening in schools. It is called “Connect, Care, Share: Our Common Home”, and it explores the vital role gardens play in connecting communities and creating a common home, in the schoolyard and beyond. It was produced with the assistance of Clare Maloney, who has worked with school gardening programs for many years, and was filmed in NSW at Mamre House, St Mary’s and St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown.

The video is also supported by a PowerPoint presentation (which can be downloaded below), offering practical guidance and support for school gardening.

If you are interested in learning more about how to start composting and and worm farming in your community, please email us at

Connect, Care, Share: Gardening Resource (ppt)
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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.