Five for Five
In 2020, Catholic Climate Covenant is asking its member organizations to think about how we can put Laudato Si’ back on people’s radar in observance of the document’s fifth anniversary. Plans for spring events have been altered in light of the spread of COVID-19, but Catholic colleges and universities may still be able to use their creativity to highlight the importance of Pope Francis's landmark letter:
- On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! Dozens of Catholic institutions shared pictures and quotes on social media that highlighted the beauty and fragility of the Earth. Many campuses used the day as an important teaching opportunity by helping their communities see, as St. Francis of Assisi saw, “just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
- This fall, September 1 to October 4 is the period Pope Francis refers to as the "Season of Creation." Should circumstances permit, we’re asking every ACCU member institution to plant five trees sometime during that period, either on your campus or in your local community in honor of Laudato Si’s fifth anniversary. Please use your public relations staff to make your actions broadly known. Consider incorporating a moment of prayer into the planting, as well as some quotation from Laudato Si’ itself. No doubt many institutions will also see this as an ideal prompt for educational programming on the issue.
Our campaign’s name is simple: FIVE TREES for FIVE YEARS of LAUDATO SI’
If you are willing and able to join this campaign, please let our office know about the activities on your campus so that we can include them as we promote our efforts to national media. We can’t wait to raise the national voice of Catholic higher education on this issue that is central to humanity’s survival.
Please join us. We look forward to working with you!