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Environmental Justice Program


"I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

- Pope Francis, Inauguration, 3/19/13

The Environmental Justice Program (EJP) educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people. EJP serves as a resource for Catholic dioceses and state Catholic conferences, and through them Catholic parishes.

The program's distinctively Catholic foundation lies in Pope John Paul II’s 1990 World Day of Peace message and the U.S. Catholic bishops’ statement, Renewing the Earth, issued in 1991.

What's New

Coalition Letter to Senate in support of Amendment (#1856) to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392)
This amendment would create an energy-efficiency pilot program for non-profit organizations.

New Resources for the Feast of St. Francis 2013 - Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change

Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Energy on The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 24, 2013

Letter to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, February 21, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change
Religious leaders, including Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, January 29, 2013

See the news release, program and photos of A Catholic Consultation on Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the US
Co-sponsored by the USCCB, The Catholic University of America and the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
November 8-10, 2012

Major Initiatives

Related Campaigns/Partners

Additional Resources

Good Sense, Good Air: While we live we are responsible to the Lord
Keynote Address by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, November 7, 2011

Comments on EPA Proposed Regulations on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with these New Resources

Friending Planet Earth: Helping Youth Understand Solidarity and Sustainability in Light of Climate Change

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

St. Francis Care for Creation Award

Archived Documents


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