‘The Journey to 2030’ is a lay-run campaign that supports the Catholic Church and its community to progress on this ‘long path to renewal’ in response to the cry of the earth and the poor.
The campaign fosters community by uniting our efforts under one visible banner, THE JOURNEY TO 2030, helping us to recognise that we each have an important role to play in the Church’s ‘journey’ of change. By sharing inspiring stories of hope and action, the campaign enables us to see that our efforts are never futile, and that we are part of a great movement!
Through its website and partners it aims to provide the necessary resources and networks for parishes, individuals and dioceses to engage with the urgent challenge of our interconnected ecological and social crises.
It aims to promote and support parish community-building as a primary objective.
We are already seeing the devastating effects of climate change and environmental degradation on people and communities all over the world and can’t afford to wait any longer. By setting “2030” as our long-term target for change, The Journey to 2030 is a ticking clock to spur our Church and its communities into action!
Why did we choose the year 2030?
2030 is an important date for our planet.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that unless we have, at the very least, halved global carbon emissions by 2030, we run the risk of reaching tipping points in our climate that will be very difficult, if not impossible, to return from. You can read the report on the IPCC website.
2030 is also the date the United Nations has set to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.”
We, the Church, need a long-term target, this is not a problem we will fix overnight and requires a sustained effort. Our own bishops in England and Wales have acknowledged the need to engage over the next decade on this “long path to renewal.” (link to statement)
In order to make real change, we must develop our understanding of the links between our ecological and social crises and causes behind them. Much work is needed, both at a scientific and a theological level, to ensure that each of us is made aware of the complicated nature of the challenge before us, and of how that relates to our role as Christians. The Journey to 2030, through sharing of expertise across its networks in a simple way, enables us to learn more about the problems we are facing, and invites us into a deep personal and societal reflection on our place in God’s creation.
The ecological and social crises are also spiritual crises. For too long we have been placing objects or convenience in the place of God, and at the expense of His creation; our global family and the planet which sustains us. When faced with the reality of our planet’s interconnected crises we need to change our habits or we risk becoming inconsistent with the most basic pillars of our faith.
In order to create long lasting societal change we need to build new convictions and attitudes based on “our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone.”
The Journey to 2030 is coordinated by The Ecological Conversion Group, an organisation set up in 2017 by John Paul, Edward and Eleanor to inspire action in our faith communities. We work with many social and environmnetal networks, both in the UK and abroad.
Ellie is in charge of operations and coordination, as well as sifting through JP’s hairbrained schemes.
John Paul de Quay, director of things visionary and creative. Overly enthusiastic and unrealistic.
Edward de Quay, co-founder, ECG’s sounding board. If he gets it we know it works.
You may be wondering what on earth this is all about. The cry of the earth? The cry of the poor? Integral ecology? We hear you.
Here are some introductory resources to help you.
Laudato Si’ is a letter, written to all people, by Pope Francis, calling for a new attitude in respecting our planet and all who live on it. It calls for ambitious changes. It is official teaching of the Catholic Church. So pretty serious.
Integral ecology is a tricky thing to define. But it is pretty simple. Everything is connected!
It is not what you think.
Are these for far away places? Or do we need these at home too?
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Read the document that inspired The Journey to 2030.