Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calls on all people and communities to care for our common home by taking action. “The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.” (LS 161)
Parishes throughout the world are in a unique position to lead the way. There are more than 220,000 parishes across the globe. Most have multiple buildings and vehicles that, by using conventional fossil fuels for energy, contribute directly to the ecological crisis and climate emergency.
But many parishes around the world have found a way to operate their soul-saving businesses differently. They’ve switched to renewable energies, such as solar, wind, or geothermal, or made other life-giving changes.
Those changes have been better for our common home, and better for the parishes’ pocketbooks as many have saved money by making such adjustments.
Here are 10 inspiring steps parishes around the world have already taken to care for creation and make their parish more sustainable. Which of these can your parish try?