Climate change is at the center of the environmental challenges facing the global community. Maryknoll missioners around the world witness firsthand the devastating impacts of the changing climate, most egregiously on those who have contributed least to climate change, communities that are poor, powerless, and pushed to the margins by society.

We educate for environmental justice by first clarifying and deepening our own comprehension of these insights: that every creature has the right to be; the right to its habitat; and the right to make its own contribution to all of life.  We believe that the global failure to protect our Common Home has become, in reality, a simultaneous assault on the poor and a form of environmental racism.