Director: Bernard Holland
GPO Box 9830
Sydney NSW 2001
T: 0400 156 249
Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service
Catholic Earthcare Australia is an ecological agency established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Its mission is to help promote understanding among people that creation is sacred and endangered, and must be protected and preserved for present and future generations yet unborn.
To play its part in helping protect the health of Earth, and its inhabitants, Catholic Earthcare Australia is mandated, through the activities of education, research and advocacy to give leadership in responding to Pope John Paul II's call to "stimulate and sustain the ecological conversion".
On the 17 January 2001, Pope John Paul II in an eco spiritual audit of planet Earth stated that, "it is immediately evident that humanity has disappointed divine expectations. Above all in our times, man has unhesitatingly destroyed wooded valleys and plains, polluted waters, deformed the natural habitat, made the air unbreathable, disturbed atmospheric and hydro-geological systems, rendered green areas desert and engaged in uncontrolled industrialisation ... humiliating that flower garden that is the Earth, our home". Pope John Paul II then called for "a commitment to avoid ecological catastrophe" emphasised that "it is necessary, therefore to stimulate and sustain the ecological conversion".
The Australian Catholic Bishops responded to the challenge with faith and determination, establishing Catholic Earthcare Australia in 2002.
Pope Francis has continued support for caring for our Common Home with the publication of 'Laudato Si' in 2016 and invites a deep examination of our consciences as consumers, and asks, "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (LS 160)
Catholic Earthcare Australia invites all people of good faith to journey with it and work on the urgent and critical tasks of safeguarding the integrity of creation, protecting Earth's fragile ecosystems and providing a voice for communities and victims of environmental degradation, injustice and pollution.