21 May

Global Action Day for Our Common Home

During Laudato Si’ Week, all of the faithful and institutions around the world are invited to organize a concrete action to care for our common home.

You’re encouraged to help spread the news about the powerful ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’ Petition that will tell world leaders how to act against the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis this year.

Why take action now?

We have an opportunity like no other. This year is a super year for opportunities to care for God’s creation.

In October, world leaders will set meaningful targets to protect creation at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

In November, countries must announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

As Catholics, we’re raising our voices with a global Catholic petition that will tell world leaders how they must care for God’s creation this year.

How can you help?

Take action now

Host a virtual community outreach event

By bringing people together virtually, it creates an opportunity for connection, sharing stories, and creating community – something we know our communities need during this difficult time. You could invite local experts on climate and biodiversity to speak, or invite frontline communities experiencing the impacts and who are working for change.

Host a Covid-safe in-person outreach event

Be sure to follow local health and safety guidelines. Consider creating a poster or sign to draw attention to your outreach event. Wave, smile, and ask people to take a moment to sign a petition to care for creation.

Invite your community to sign the petition

Whether it’s an email to your green parish group, a text message, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok post, or an email blast to a much larger list of hundreds or thousands of people, personalized outreach is an excellent way to spread the word about the Healthy People, Healthy Planet Petition. Encourage your parish to promote the petition.

Ask friends and family to share the petition

If 10 of your friends each asked 10 of their friends to sign, you could generate 100 petition signatures! Using the resources above, share your goal for the number of petition signatures, and ask friends and family to set their own goals for petition signatures.

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (LS 13)