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Social justice and the environment. Year 8. Term 4: About

Mission of Jesus

Religion - Year 8 - Caring for our Common Home and Solidarity

On this page can be found resources on: 

  • Pope Francis' encyclical
  • Catholic Social Teaching - environmental issues
  • List of Catholic Organisations promoting environmental justice 
  • Australia - environmental concerns
  • Book resources available in the Library 
  • Access to information on environmental issues through the database.

Catholic Social Teaching

List of organisation committed to combating climate change and promoting environmental justice

Useful links

This is a list of multi-faith and interfaith initiatives and resources from around the world focused on climate change and the environment.

In Australia


Laudato Si'

Issues that are address in the Encyclical of Pope Francis. (You might like to consider the issues outlined by Pope Francis to direct your own research).

1. POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE: pollution, waste and throwaway culture. 

II. THE ISSUE OF WATER: the depletion of natural resources including water quality and water poverty. 

III. LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY: The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses.

IV. DECLINE IN THE QUALITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND THE BREAKDOWN OF SOCIETY: growth of many cities, which have become unhealthy to live in, not only because of pollution caused by toxic emissions but also as a result of urban chaos, poor transportation, and visual pollution and noise. 

V. GLOBAL INEQUALITY: the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet...

VI. WEAK RESPONSES: It is remarkable how weak international political responses have been. The failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance. There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected.


Video - Earth Care


Young Voices Award

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