From: National Religious Partnership for the Environment

Catholic Organizations and the Environment

Rooted in the faith and social teaching of the Church, and essential for sustaining and enhancing the quality of human life, promoting environmental justice is not an optional activity.

Catholics have recognized this fact in very practical, institutional ways. To a remarkable extent, they have integrated environmental justice into the work of their parishes, schools, hospitals, women’s groups, relief and development agencies, advocacy organizations, and rural ministries. As a result, environmental concerns are becoming a permanent and essential feature of Catholic religious life and social action.

There are also regional Catholic environmental organizations, such as:

Catholic Environmental Service Projects

As the U.S. Bishops have written, social ministry is at the core of parish life, not a peripheral option. Catholic parishes and dioceses are responding to God’s call to serve their neighbors and care for the earth through many and varied environmental justice projects.

Rooted in scripture, nourished by worship and prayer, guided by Catholic social teaching, these activities have included:

  • Support for small farmers, agricultural workers, economically stressed rural communities, and local food systems.
  • Jobs programs, neighborhood clean-ups, community gardens, and other efforts to improve the economic and environmental circumstances of low-income urban residents.
  • International assistance that both relieves poverty and contributes to the health of the environment for people in the developing world.

Care for God’s creation has been expressed in the restoration and preservation of woodlands, wetlands, prairies and savannas by religious communities such as Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Marianist Environmental Education Center in Dayton, Ohio.

The Church also promotes environmental justice and stewardship through major national agencies:

Please visit the National Religious Partnership for the Environment