Step 1: Formation of the Heart

Step One of the Catholic Earthcare Steps to Ecological Dialogue is centred around the formation of the heart. With an understanding of your connectivity to your local ecology, deeply felt and sustained commitment to its protection is enhanced.

This connection to the country gives both empowerment and urgency about its future.

(a). Ecological literacy: understanding your connection to nature.

“It is part of our responsibility [to be] looking after our country. If you don’t look after country, country won’t look after you.”


April Bright in Rose, 1996:49

Ecological literacy comes about through an understanding of how fauna and flora demonstrate the beauty and wonder in God’s creation. Commencing with a relationship within your local community, you start to see the connectivity and relationships between humanity and the local ecology. Whether it be erosion from a worksite silting up a nearby creek, or an oil spill on the road leaching into the drain system and onto your favourite beach, you are more likely to enact change when you have a direct relationship with nature. From this relationship, we can extrapolate feelings and generate actions for global issues, even if we are far removed from their effects.

Indigenous knowledge speaks to the power of understanding your connection to nature. As April Bright wrote in Rose, 1996 (49): “It is part of our responsibility to be looking after our country. If you don’t look after country, country won’t look after you.”

Activities that can bring about ecological literacy:

  • We will be populating this section with strategies and practical actions you can take as a school, parish, community or hospital. These strategies will form part of our certification system; check back early 2020 for an update.

(b). The theological and moral imperative to care for our common home

“Saint Francis of Assissi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share out life, and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.”

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Within the Catholic Church, it’s important to understand what and how our church teaches about caring for our common home. St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with who we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. [N1].

Activities the bring about an understanding of our theological and moral imperative to care for our common home:

  • We will be populating this section with strategies and practical actions you can take as a school, parish, community or hospital. These strategies will form part of our certification system; check back early 2020 for an update.