Climate Justice and the Moral Obligation to God’s Creation

"One Earth, One Human Family" Inter Faith Rally in Rome June, 2015 was attended by FAN staffer, Rhett Engelking
Fr. Sam Fuller, OFM Cap. was the catalyst for the first annual Riverfront Earth Day environmental awareness event in Hartford, CT.

In the U.S., we have seen more powerful storms like Superstorm Sandy and Katrina, more severe wild fires, and the worst drought in several decades. Abroad, humanity is bracing for flooding of densely-populated coastal regions, crop failure and famine, and mass migrations resulting in violent conflict. We must act, quickly and powerfully, to change systems and laws towards climate justice.

Our campaign begins with organized Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people making a difference. We draw inspiration from St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology, and root ourselves in a Franciscan spirituality of creation. With the release of his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis encourages people to think of the poor, who are most affected by climate disruption and actively engage in reducing carbon footprints.

Click here for wonderful resources on climate change including faith materials, science factsheets, and documentaries.

Our grassroots work involves bringing Franciscan-hearted people together, organizing effective events, building effective teams, and working to break through the political impasse on climate change. 

Breaking Through Polarized Politics

We know we need political, business, and community leaders of diverse political beliefs to find common ground in order to make progress on this issue. Franciscan Action Network has the rare ability to bring together leaders from across the political spectrum to help our country move past our polarized politics.

Our campaign follows a unique, Franciscan approach to grassroots organizing:

Relationship-Centered.

Francis saw himself as a brother to all and experienced a world of universal kinship. Our work involves building relationships—in your community, with Franciscans around the country, and with unlikely allies and political figures. We implement our national grassroots strategy in local communities, building up local relationships to make greater impact. Working in strong relationship with one another, we will help you develop as a leader for social and ecological justice.

Read about a richly Franciscan approach to climate change here.

Strategic and Effective.

We strategize together and ask ourselves tough questions:

What are the power dynamics at work? What impact are we having? What is required of us?

We know we cannot do it alone so we amplify our efforts in coalition with likely and unlikely allies.

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