Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

State of our common home

Our common home and common family are suffering. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers.

At the same time, biologists estimate that we’re driving species to extinction at a rate of 100 to 1,000 times their usual rate. “We have no such right” (Laudato Si’ 33).

Two UN conferences. One opportunity for Catholics worldwide to listen to Pope Francis and act out our faith.

The year 2021

We have an opportunity like no other.

At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October, world leaders can set meaningful targets to protect creation.

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

Ahead of those meetings, it is our responsibility as Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf. We must act now.

Our ask

  • Tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis together
  • Limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and promise no more biodiversity loss
  • Ensure equitable global action, including support for those most affected
  • Protect and respect human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in climate and biodiversity action

Why?

When Catholics come together and live out our faith, amazing things happen. Just look at how Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ has enlivened Catholics everywhere to care for creation.

Ahead of the Paris agreement in 2015, Catholics were leading the way, advocating for an agreement that limited warming to 1.5 degrees. Some said it couldn’t be done, but with the Holy Spirit leading the way, we did it!

We’re going to do it again this year.

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