Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, has called for every person to undergo an ‘ecological conversion’.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” (Laudato Si’ 217).

Laudato Si week – 19-26 May

This Laudato Si’ Week and Pentecost, let us gather in community to contemplate and nurture seeds of hope for our “suffering planet” (LD 2). Laudate Deum is a reminder about the urgency of the Laudato Si’ message and the need for both personal and cultural transformation amidst our ecological and climate crises.

This year’s Laudato Si’ Week theme is inspired by the symbol for Season of Creation 2024, “firstfruits.” Let us be seeds of hope in our lives and our world, rooted in faith and love.

Seeds of hope: being an Environment Champion.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is inviting enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds to create a network of Environment Champions. 

Your mission is to be a channel of communication between the Archdiocese and your parish, cluster or deanery, to promote Creation Care and to enthuse others to help in responding to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to a spirituality which supports an ecological conversion. 

You will receive the full support of the Care for Creation Committee as part of the diocesan effort to act as stewards of creation. 

Environment Champion Role:

  • Drive forward Diocesan net zero initiatives and act as a key contact for the Archdiocese.
  • Help parishes sign up for and to achieve the LiveSimply Award.
  • Support with energy audits in your parish, cluster or deanery.
  • Help implement environmental initiatives.
  • Support your church during the Season of Creation
  • Ensure that environmental information is shared with both the parish council and the wider church community (i.e. through the bulletin, website, social media, and/or in Masses) and encourage action, and   
  • Share good news stories and events from your church with the Diocesan Care for Creation Committee to celebrate and share more widely.  

If you want to become an Environment Champion for your parish, cluster or deanery, please make an expression of interest via the following form:

Environment Champion Form

Your data will be used only to communicate with you regarding the above role. Please refer to our privacy policy. Please note that volunteers may need to go through the Safer Recruitment process before commencing their role.

What else can I do? 

Visit the Care for Creation Resources Page to find information about courses, resources, LiveSimply and more.