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Make It a Plastic Free July!
Every July, over a million people around the world participate in Plastic Free July, a challenge to refuse single-use plastics for one whole month. Take the Plastic Free July pledge to make plastic a thing of the past. Every week this July, The Story of Stuff crew will send you ideas and opportunities to get plastic out of your life and out of your community. You’ll get suggestions for avoiding plastic in your daily life, ideas to reduce plastic in your community at large, and Citizen Muscle action opportunities to fight plastic pollution. Make the Pledge

GCCM Recruiting Laudato Si’ Animators

Our next Animators training starts in 3 weeks. This round will include 3 online trainings with a new panel of speakers, and a final project to take place during the Season of Creation. As a Laudato Si Animator you will also receive special updates on future events, and have the opportunity to talk to other Animators about how to spread the message of Laudato Si in your communities.  Learn more and apply here.

More dates:
September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and beginning of Season of Creation (through October 4)
October 4: Joint Catholic Divestment Announcement; contact to learn more.

Investing in Clean Energy / Divesting from Non-Renewables
The international conference “Laudato Si' & Catholic Investing: Clean Energy for Our Common​ Home”, which took place in late January at Pontifical Lateran University, featured many expert speakers and Catholic case studies who demonstrated that fossil fuel divestment and clean energy investment are both possible and necessary. Catholic institutions are called to use their financial investments to “put an end to the fossil fuel era and provide renewable energy access for all,” as the Catholic Bishops of all continents have called.  Learn more about this important method of creating dynamic shift in demand for cleaner energy and how both individuals and Catholic institutions can take concrete steps to care for our common home through their investments.

Watch the Video Here


We Are Still In
On June 23 Mayor Barrett and other city leaders signed and adopted a Common Council resolution solidifying the City's support for the Paris Climate Accord.  
Mayor Barrett has already affirmed his commitment with more than 300 Mayors and thousands of businesses at

Archdiocesan Creation Care Collaboration

On November 21,2016 representatives from parishes, the Archdiocese, Marquette University, Marquette HS/Laudato Si' Project, City of Milwaukee, and Catholics for Peace and Justice/Waukesha County Green Team met to begin discussing how we can bring the content of Laudato Si’ more fully alive and prominent in our parishes and our community. Lots of good information was shared and connections made. The next meeting is Jan 13 at 12 noon. Contact Rob Shelledy at the Archdiocese to get on the information/invitation list. If you are interested in building a Creation Care ministry in your parish, connect with this group.

Environmental Racism Now on the Front Burner – Milwaukee County Statistics  Read Here

What is COP21?

More than two decades ago, members of the United Nations met in Rio de Janeiro for the “Earth Summit.” At this extraordinary gathering, attendees agreed on some basics about climate change and how to tackle its human causes. 

This agreement is called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or “UNFCCC.” In it, 196 nations agreed to meet every year to fashion a treaty on how to keep the planet from warming to dangerous levels, and how in the meantime to help affected people. These nations are “parties” to the UNFCCC agreement. 
Together we call this gathering of 196 nations the Conference of Parties, or COP for short. 

The COP has been meeting every year since 1994. This November 30, they will convene for the 21st time. And that’s where we get the term COP21

Why is COP21 Important?  


Laudato Si' Praise Be! Encyclical on Care for Creation from Pope Francis

Join the Force for Creation - Become a Laudato Si’ “Animator”. Animators promote the Laudato Si message to help turn it into action in their local communities, whether that be a parish, school, religious congregation, lay group, youth organization, retreat center, Boy Scout troop, or more. Learn More Here


Season of Creation Sept 1 - Oct 4

Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes.

Join the Eco-Parish Global Network

10 Things a Catholic Diocese Can Do To Promote Care for Our Common Home 

USCCB Laudato Si' Discussion Guide 

Catholic Climate Covenant Feast of St. Francis Program

USCCB Resource for Liturgy, Preaching and Taking Action

USCCB Care for Creation Scripture 

Scripture Bulletin Insert

Acts of Mercy for Our Common Home


Why Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

Laudato Si’ Vatican Video

CRS Care for Creation Video 


Catholic Climate Covenant 

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Interfaith Earth Network Milwaukee


Divest-Reinvest Catholic Toolkit

Twelve Priority Measures to Save Energy at Your Church

Looking for Water