Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through our 16 national partners, we guide the U.S. Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources.
Inspired by the USCCB's 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 16 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and others), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor.
The Covenant is grounded in the Church's deep history of teaching on creation, ecology, and the poor. Caring for creation and caring for the poor have been a part of the Catholic story since the beginning, but in recent years St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and especially Pope Francis have added a sense of urgency to their call for Catholics to act on climate change. The US Bishops themselves have been calling for action since 1981.