About 2030

“I welcome the constructive and positive initiatives of “The Journey to 2030”. We face the reality that we have done unprecedented damage to our planet and our brothers and sisters, to the animal kingdom and all aspects of biodiversity. But we have every reason for hope. Having recognised the damage, we are coming to understand the science and we have the means to correct the damage done. But this responsibility falls to each and every one of us. We cannot leave this matter to governments and industry. We need to take our part and learn ways in which we may care for our common home through changes in our daily routine. Every initiative is to be valued and “The Journey to 2030” is giving valuable encouragement”

-Bishop John Arnold, Salford Diocese

The premise

‘The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.’ ‘Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.’ ‘A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.’

-Laudato Si, Pope Francis

“We look to avoid the worst consequences of this ecological crisis by engaging now and over the next decade on this ‘long path to renewal.’

Guardians of God’s Creation: Educating towards a Christian Spirit of Ecology. Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales

What we do

‘The Journey to 2030’ is a lay run campaign that aims to get the Catholic Church making progress along this ‘long path to renewal’, by providing the necessary resources to parishes and individuals in order to engage with this urgent challenge of our ecological crisis.

Our main aims

  • To promote unity in action. We ask all people to use their varied skills and influence to make a difference.
  • To create a sense of urgency towards our ecological crisis and those suffering from its ill effects.
  • To promote the most effective actions in our race against time.
  • To especially encourage community building and a spirit of sharing to enable parishes to flourish as the hub of the community.
  • To educate as a means to encourage an interior conversion.

For more information on what this means for Dioceses, schools, parishes or individuals download our “How 2030 works document” here.

If you were wondering how our campaign fits into the work of the different Catholic agencies and Charities please view our diagram on Catholic social action in the U.K. We are simply a lens by which to see the works of others, raising awareness of the need to engage with such existing organisations work.

If you are an organisation that would like to partner or collaborate with us read our ‘Letter to Potential Partners’.

The Ecological Conversion Group

We are run by The Ecological Conversion Group (ECG), a lay run group of Catholics working in education, publishing, charity and environmental policy sectors. They volunteer their spare time, except JP who is funded. Our main aim is to promote the idea of ecological conversion through education, combining scientific, socioeconomic and theological study within the framework of the Catechism and Catholic Social teaching.

We work in Partnership with The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.

Our work is supported by the Religious of the Assumption, The Passionists and the Jesuits.

Why 2030?

2030 is a date set by the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) for having successfully curbed our green house gas emissions by. This is to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. It is also the target date for the implementation of the UN’s sustainable development goals. This campaign therefore aims to aid the church in a conversion towards community building and caring for our global family and planet. It aims to do this through changing the way we operate as individuals, society and business through an interior conversion, in order that ‘(our) encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in the world around (us)’ – Laudato Si

2030 also brings us close to the 2000th anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus. This Journey asks us to prepare the way with joy towards this celebration of renewal of creation.