A Call for Climate Justice this Season of Creation

Catholic Climate Covenant, Laudato Si’ Movement, St.Columban Mission for Justice, Peace and Ecology, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team, Ignatian Solidarity Network, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Franciscan Action Network, and Leadership Conference of Women Religious invite you to place climate justice for our vulnerable neighbors at the heart of our prayers, advocacy, and action during this 2023 Season of Creation.

2023 Season of Creation Call to Action: Ask the Biden Administration to stop fossil fuel expansion and consider the forgiveness of debt of developing nations at COP 28. You can:

  1. Organize a prayer service in an ecologically impacted place near you 

  2. Sign the forgiveness of debt letter (online) during the prayer service, or anytime during Season of Creation, and share it widely

  3. Take a picture of the place and people gathered at the prayer service

  4. Post your prayer service to social media tagging President Biden, Special Envoy Kerry, and Secretary Yellen (social media links and language here), and let them know we are #PrayingForYou to take strong action on fossil fuels and debt relief.

    (For more quotes and Catholic narratives and key U.S. leaders social media handles to help you with your social media messaging click on the button below. There you will  find information that will assist you in crafting your social media post. Below you will also find short videos explaining the Campaign and the issue of debt forgiveness,)

QR CODE: Need a QR code for ease of signing the letter? Download this flyer!


New! Resources from Laudato Si’ Movement and Catholic Climate Covenant to support the 2023 Season of Creation Call to Action:

  • Catholic Climate Covenant’s “2023 Feast of St Francis Program - The Way of Francis: Seeking Peace and Justice for All Creation” focuses on the Franciscan call to seek peace and justice for all of creation. The call has become urgent, as our planet, and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, are living the consequences of climate change and its associated economic, human and social disruptions. In the program, U.S. Catholics are encouraged to ask U.S. leaders to place the issue of the forgiveness of debt of developing nations on their COP28 agenda. Debt relief can provide developing nations billions of dollars to invest in the local climate solutions their peoples urgently need.

  • Laudato Si’ Movement’s “2023 SOC Advocacy Activity Guidelinesoffers all Catholics worldwide, including in the U.S., a framework for prayer, public events and advocacy to help further the climate solutions that are needed, especially for the poor and vulnerable nations facing the most direct impacts of climate damage. One key element listed in the guidelines is for Catholics to urge prominent leaders in their country to push for developed countries to provide more resources to developing countries and poorer communities in COP28 climate negotiations. This would give impacted nations more access to clean energy, help them adapt to the warming climate, and be compensated for the climate-induced impacts which can no longer be adapted to.