In the 1987 encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, Pope John Paul II writes, “the dominion granted to man by the Creator is not an absolute power, nor can one speak of a freedom to ‘use and misuse’, or to dispose of things as one pleases.” Similarly, in Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good (2001), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote, “at its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family.” The SCSJ seeks to put these teachings into action, promoting stewardship and sustainable practices. We aim to advocate for creation, vulnerable populations, and future generations that are deeply affected by the changing climate.
If you are interested contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik.
Information and resources
- Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities: Catholic Social Teaching quotes on stewardship of creation
- Catholic Climate Covenant: Teaching on climate change
- Catholic Climate Covenant: Pledge to act
- Catholic Climate Covenant: Ways to act
- Catholic Relief Services: Threat of climate change in Central America
- Catholic Rural Life: Stewardship
- Green Omaha Coalition: Get Involved
- Ignatian Solidarity Network: Environmental justice priorities and updates
- Oxfam International: Sustainable food
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Environmental justice