“Helping our Church respond to our ecological crisis through community action.”
What we do
The Journey to 2030 is a campaign responding to Pope Francis’s ‘Laudato Si’’. we are encouraging the church to lead the way in tackling climate change and the ecological crisis. Our main aim is to help church communities to be active in caring for our common home, using their varied resources and skills to make a difference.
How do we do this?
1 The Journey to 2030 makes use of existing resources as well as producing their own, curating them in an easily accessible manner to help parish communities started on the Journey (see the getting started guide).
2 Our yearly campaign magazine gives a focus for diocesan and parish action and reflection, helping you and your parish community to understand the urgency of the ecological crisis and the role of faith in overcoming it.
3 By creating a network of parishes taking part in the campaign we create accompaniment, encouragement and hope, that they are not alone in their efforts and that through faith in action we can ensure we achieve great things.
For an in depth look at why we started The Journey to 2030 read our article featured in The Jesuits & Friends magazine on page 12. Read it here
“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
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get involved?
Anyone can use our online resources. We have created a ‘getting started guide’ which gives a rough step by step guide to using the resources to motivate your parish and get a wider audience interested.
If you are in an Arundel and Brighton parish, you can become a parish representative for the Journey to 2030. You or a group of keen individuals become our contact point for that parish. If you think this sounds like something you could do please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can encourage your parish, youth group, or other organisations to join the campaign and direct them to our page for ideas, events and resources that can support them on this journey.
We would love to hear your experiences and stories of what you are doing so that we can use them to inspire more groups and individuals.
You can also Join our mailing list on our homepage for updates when new resources become available.
What difference can I make?
You are an essential part of our plan. We hope that individuals can come to appreciate and share their unique skills and talents to make a difference. Our parishes are places that encourage community and can work together to support not only our earth, but also our neighbours around the world who are suffering the effects of this crisis.
We want to create a network of communities working towards the same goal, sharing their experiences and gifts to support others.
The Journey to 2030 will celebrate the successes undertaken by the Church, parishes and families who want to encourage others to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
2030 is an important date for our planet.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that unless we have, at the 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 also 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.’
To learn more about the sustainable development goals here is a short video from CAFOD.
Who runs The Journey to 2030?
It is organised by the Ecological Conversion Group, and runs in partnership with the diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
Where do we work?
Our main focus is on the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in the UK. This is our home diocese where the Journey to 2030 was launched by Bishop Richard Moth in Advent 2019.
All our resources are available digitally online or available for order in print, meaning that our work with Arundel and Brighton is transferable to your parish or diocese.
There are people involved in the Journey to 2030 from across the country, and we work actively with religious orders and networks, such as the Jesuits and the National Justice and Peace Network. We have also given support to Bishop John Arnold, the lead Bishop on environmental issues in Salford Diocese, and work alongside the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.
Please do get in touch with us to talk about joining the Journey to 2030. Whilst our focus is on Arundel and Brighton, we hope that all diocese will join us in working towards this goal, and individuals will be motivated within their parishes to act.
What is Laudato Si’?
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ – on care for our common home is the first Papal encyclical to be addressed to “every person living on this planet”. Although not the first encyclical to address environmental issues, Laudato Si’ is the first to be directed entirely in response to environmental degradation, and environmental justice.
What have the Bishops of England and Wales said on the topic?
“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.’”
Read Guardians of God’s Creation: Educating towards a Christian Spirit of Ecology. Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
How does your work fit in with other organisations work?
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. We actively work with CAFOD on promotion of the Live Simply award.