The Garden Planet is a video resource produced by Catholic Earthcare Australia in 2004 on behalf of the Australian Bishops. It takes up Pope John Paul II’s call to ecological conversion through the stories of the Marian school’s efforts in eco-literacy and practice, Archbishop Adrian Doyle’s experiences of walking through Tasmania’s endangered Styx Forest and the efforts of Port Kembla resident, and grandmother, Olive Rodwell to stop toxic pollution from local industry.

“This 20 minute video comes with a discussion/action booklet that helps parishes, schools, communities and organisations explore for themselves, how to best journey on the path to ecological conversion.” – Archbishop John Bathersby

“A challenging and inspiring video. I highly recommend this to individuals and community groups throughout the nation – who care about our land, and its future.” – Ian Keirnan

“Recently I was in the Styx Valley in Tasmania and I met the Archbishop of Hobart and he told me of the church’s plan to get involved with the environment. This is a marvelous thing because you can really make a difference.” – Olivia Newton John


Please note:

  • Permission is given to holders of a VHS copy of The Garden Planet to convert it to DVD format for educational use.
  • For educational purposes only, The Garden Planet may be uploaded and stored on internal digital video systems.
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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.