Protect our common home in 2020
14 February 2020
Homes, food and people’s ability to earn a living are being destroyed by the climate crisis and the pollution of our land, oceans and forests. For everyone to flourish, we need to restore God’s precious gift of creation, help people to adapt to a warming world and stop the climate crisis from getting worse.
Our common home
Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si’, his letter to the world on climate change and the environment, that the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one.
For too long the cry of the Earth has been ignored while we have pushed creation beyond its limits. Profits and easy lifestyles have been made at the expense of creation. And the voices of poor and vulnerable communities have gone unheard.
Pope Francis challenges us to rethink how we define progress. The global problems of the climate crisis, environmental damage and poverty are interconnected. And in order to restore our common home, we need to address them together. It's not progress if in solving the climate crisis more poverty is created, and the Earth mustn’t suffer through tackling poverty.
Year of international summits
In 2020 world leaders have an opportunity to address these global problems. There are big international meetings happening about the climate crisis, biodiversity and the sustainable development goals.
These meetings are an opportunity to set the direction for the next decade and to put our common home on the pathway to recovery. But this will only happen if world leaders put both people and the planet at the heart of the decisions they make.
How you can get involved
In this important year, we need your help to restore our common home and let world leaders know we want them to act. The world’s poorest people can’t wait.
1. Unite in prayer
Help us underpin this year of international summits with prayer. It will be a powerful witness of hope in a world that sorely needs it. And we need every parish and individual to get involved.
We have partnered every diocese with a young climate leader to be inspired by and walk with during 2020. We are asking parishes to pray for them throughout 2020.
We will also join with other agencies, including Christian Aid and Tearfund, to create a global prayer chain. Our ambition is to fill every day with prayer from Ash Wednesday until the UN climate talks in November. We’re busy building a tool to help us do this so check back in a few weeks.
2. Unite in action
At the end of the year, the eyes of the world will be on the UK as hosts on the global climate talks. In order to be credible leaders, we need to make sure that we have our own house in order.
We are asking the government to put people and planet at the heart of every decision they make.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint
There are also lots of things we can do at home, in our own lives or in our parishes to better care for our common home. By understanding the impact humans are having and the changes we can make as communities or individuals to prevent the Earth being damaged further, we can make a step towards change.