Care for Creation

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”

~ Pope Francis

Our Catholic faith teaches that we are stewards of God’s creation. We are called to respect our environment and all the life on it. As we face an urgent and complex environmental crisis, we are called to act on behalf of the earth and the poorest communities around the world who are most affected.

In 2015, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical, Laudato Si “Praise Be to You” focused on care for our common home. In this letter, he criticizes human behaviors that degrade our environment and lead to global warming, while explaining how our care for the planet is intricately connected to caring for the poor. He urges everyone to take “swift and unified global action.” Pope Francis wrote a follow-up encyclical, Laudate Deum “Praise God,” in 2023 expressing frustration for the lack of action and laying out a plea to take action on the climate crisis.


Action Platform

To help Catholics take tangible action that addresses today’s urgent ecological crisis, the Vatican developed the Laudato Si Action Platform. This global initiative outlines action plans across 7 sectors: Families, Parishes and Diocese, Educational Institutions, Healthcare, Organizations, Economic Sector and Religious.

Our local response

The Archdiocese of Seattle is currently developing an archdiocesan-wide action plan to bring awareness, education and action to local parish, schools, and ministries.

Click here to read the working draft document




Terri Nelson

Director of Integral Human Development