Today the Catholic Church commemorates the World Day of the Poor, a fitting date to launch the Laudato Si’ Action Action Platform (LSAP) that serves as a global response to the “Cry of the Earth” and the “Cry of the Poor”. CMSM is proud to partner with our member institutes–and Catholics around the world–on this important initiative. The platform now offers planning guides, practical guidance, and resources for those pursuing this seven year journey toward integral ecology.

Religious orders, represented in the United States by CMSM and LCWR, eagerly joined educational institutions in the early planning efforts as a way to respond to harmful climate change. According to the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, there are now over 200 religious orders committed for this first year. Family, parish/diocese, healthcare, business, and community organization sectors have also mobilized to craft concrete action to Care for our Common Home. 

Those enrolling in the platform have been asked to share public commitments. Statements from CMSM members describe a wide range of proposed action, including simplifying lifestyles in local communities, reducing carbon footprints, theological reflection, and advocating for public policies that assist those most harmed by climate change. Examples from our members: