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 world‑wide attack on ecology has become, in reality, an assault on the poor and a form of environmental racism. We use the Earth Charter, the works of Orbis authors and other Maryknoll resources to educate for eco‑justice in its fullest meaning, and we promote the Earth Charter as a basis for advocacy.
We hope to pay closer attention to U.S. environmental policy in response to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and build on Maryknoll experience at a grassroots level. We support the Kyoto Protocol and other efforts to encourage rich countries to promote lifestyles that are just and sustainable. We advocate for U.S. military clean‑up of bases in Vieques, Panama, the Philippines, and South Korea.
We advocate for “food sovereignty,” and continue to participate in process of defining Christian framework and principles with which to determine the safety and use of genetically modified foods.
Learn more about our Faith-Economy-Ecology project here.
Our newsletter, Encounters, features the challenges posed by the current economic growth paradigm and shines light on the hopeful ways communities are responding to protect human dignity and God's beautiful creation.
See a list of resources here on peak oil and how a future economy can be shaped with fewer natural resources.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is very disappointed that President Trump has decided to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
Over the past several months, President Trump has appointed staff and made changes to environmental regulations that affect U.S. efforts to address climate change, protect public lands, and ensure clean air and water.
President Trump's new executive order on climate change is a big turn in the wrong direction. Call your Senators and join us at the People's Climate March.
Learn how the new executive order affects U.S. efforts to address climate change and what can you do right now to protect the Earth.
The People’s Climate March
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Flávio José Rocha writes from Brazil about Pope Francis' lessons about water in Laudato Si' and how we can take action.
35 national religious leaders applaud Republican congressional representatives for their support of a climate resolution.
Earth Day is April 22.
The Catholic Climate Covenant has produced an educational program to help parishes, schools, and religious communities celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd). We embrace our call as Catholics to care for creation.
There are three different age-specific programs:
1. One-hour program for adults and high-school students
With the start of the new Trump Administration, Congress has gone to work dismantling agency rules directed at the fossil fuel industry.
Global Witness, an international NGO based in London and Washington, D.C., released a damning report on killings and attacks against indigenous and environmental human rights defenders in Honduras.
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice
- Gapminder.org: For a fact-based world view
- Infographic: The New Economy
- Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
- JustFaith Ministries
- UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2012