On June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of the encyclical and to reaffirm our commitment to World Environment Day, Catholic Earthcare Australia has released our 2016 Resource, Laudato Si’ Tree of Life.
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites all people of goodwill to consider an important question,
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (160)
The Tree of Life resource invites us to come together and explore in dialogue what we can do to care for our common home. We invite you to use the reflections and activities as a catalyst to connect with your community and engage in meaningful dialogue and action around this important question and your role in caring for creation. We encourage you to deeply engage with the messages uncovered both in the Tree of Life resource and the rich dialogue Laudato Si’ stimulates. For as Pope Francis says,
“We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”
The Tree of Life activity also calls us to each ‘make a pledge’, naming actions we as individuals and communities can take forward this year to bring Laudato Si’ to life. Please remember that, no pledge or action is too small for,
“There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.”
The Significance of Now
Each year Catholic Earthcare releases a resource to celebrate World Environment Day, but what is World Environment Day?
Celebrated on June 5 each year, World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
World Environment Day is a day we celebrate the achievements we’ve made towards protecting the environment. It is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
Each year the United Nations focuses on a different ecological theme, in 2016 World Environment Day has the theme “Go Wild for Life – Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade”. To find out more visit – http://wed2016.com/. To learn more about the significance of the breadth and depth of this year’s WED theme, listen to Simon Habel, Catholic Earthcare’s Program Manager, speaking on Ecofaith on Air Radio 2BBB Mountains to Sea via sound cloud - here.
One year ago, on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.
Laudato Si’ Week is a major international celebration being led by the Global Catholic Climate Movement and supported by Catholic Earthcare Australia to bring Laudato Si’ to life.
During Laudato Si Week, parishes and communities around the globe will celebrate the encyclical’s first anniversary through local events, an online conference and resources that offer opportunity for reflection, inspiration, and transformative action.
To find out more about Laudato Si’ Week and to register your event
There are six elements in our Tree of Life resource. View by clicking on the images below.
Please consider all of these components as we journey from reflection and contemplation to dialogue and action:
Our aim is to inspire, guide and support a collective journey to a more sustainable way of being in the world.
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