Over the next seven months, the diocese’s Creation Care Ministry will present the “Seven Goals of Laudato Si.” These aims were established in connection with the launch of the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development’s Laudato Si Action Platform and were announced in 2021 to guide our actions, redefining and rebuilding our relationship with each other and our common home….

In 2022, the Diocese of San Diego took a major step in responding to the cry of the earth, divesting from all direct stock holdings of companies receiving revenue from the extraction and/or production of fossil fuels, the use of which is the main source of today’s climate crisis. The diocese divested from all mutual funds that reflected more than 3 percent of aggregated fund revenues from fossil fuel endeavors. The diocese is designing a long-term program to supplement these divestment steps with strategies that promote investment in green companies. This moral action conforms to the USCCB Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines agreed upon in November of 2021, which includes “Saving Our Global Common Home” as one of five conference investment policies. Diocesan investments were already aligned with the other four conference-specified areas: Protecting human life, promoting human dignity, enhancing the common good, and pursuing economic justice.

To address the problem of ecological sustainability, the diocese has committed to eliminating, to the greatest extent possible, the use of plastic water bottles at the Pastoral Center and aims to reduce further use of all single-use plastics. As microplastics have become pervasive throughout the world — commonly found now in breast milk and the human brain – we encourage all parishes to take on this challenge and adopt new practices, such as purchasing compostables and reusing good old fashioned silverware and coffee mugs.

Along with parishes, schools, hospitals, universities and businesses, individual families are also called to take action and are invited to engage with the Laudato Si Action Platform (laudatosiactionplatform.org). There, you will find suggested actions corresponding to each of the seven goals of Laudato Si. To respond to the cry of the earth, the platform offers the following actions:

Conduct an energy audit
Install solar panels
Insulate buildings
Plant native trees
Plant native gardens
Remove invasive species
Practice regenerative agriculture
Protect pollinators
Ensure sensible fertilizer application
Institute conservative irrigation models
Plant buffers along waterways
Manage water drainage
Institute regular litter-prevention and removal campaigns
Pursue conservation plans….

From the Southern Cross