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Thanks For An Amazing Year! Now We Must Roll Up Our Sleeves!

During this month of gratitude and thanksgiving, we give thanks to you, our supporters, for your steadfast commitment and enthusiasm to “inspire and equip people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor.” We are especially grateful for the strong support we’ve received since the election. As we gear up to ensure that we safeguard God’s creation and that the most vulnerable to climate change impacts are protected in the coming years, we need your help now more than ever. 

Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of creation care: the education and advocacy actions you have taken, the sustainability efforts you have undertaken in your local parish, school or religious community, your financial donations, and most especially, your prayers. 

With your help we have created new educational resources and exciting new programs, advocated for just and faithful climate policies, and organized the Catholic community to respond to the growing climate change crisis. Below are just a few highlights:

  1. We produced our fifth annual Feast of St. Francis Program Guide and our first Earth Day Program Guide. These resources were downloaded by thousands of individuals for use in parishes, schools and religious communities. 
  2. We celebrated the first anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, and continued to promote the encyclical’s message to the faith community, Congress and other political leaders, and the media. 
  3. Joined a coalition of over 40 faith organizations in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants.
  4. Launched, jointly with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, a Pastoral Training Program designed to help equip priests and deacons to respond to Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology in their role as pastors.
  5. Launched an exciting new program, Catholic Covenant Energies that will work with Catholic dioceses and other entities to dramatically reduce energy use in Catholic-owned buildings and to use the opportunity to respond more fully to the challenges of Laudato Si'.
  6. Delivered a petition to Congressional leaders with over 2,550 signatures asking for follow-up to the Paris Climate Agreement, and generated thousands of letters to Members of Congress and the administration advocating for just climate policies. 
  7. Began a monthly Webinar Program to educate and resource all our supporters on a variety of creation care issues. 
  8. Strengthened the Creation Care Team Program to help parishes, schools, and religious communities live more faithfully and sustainably. 
  9. Continued our advocacy efforts through public witness with a robust Op-ed and Letters to the Editor effort on issues relating to climate and energy.
  10. Celebrated, with our partners and friends the 10th anniversary of Catholic Climate Covenant. 

While the road may be long and narrow in the months ahead, we must ultimately rely on a benevolent God. Your support—both your actions and your financial gifts—for these efforts will be more important than ever.

We are blessed to have you as part of our community. Thank you, and we pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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