The Laudato Si' Goals

Why were these goals created?

The need for a joined up approach in caring for creation, centered on faith.
Church teaching states:

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.” Laudato Si’ 139

“”When we speak of the “environment”, what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.” Laudato Si’ 139

“we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a so­cial approach; it must integrate questions of jus­tice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Laudato Si’ 49

“Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to com­bating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” Laudato Si’ 139

A lens to stay true to the Gospel in modern times

The way we see the world matters.

The unique thing about these goals is that they primarily help us to understand the links between things, with a primary focus on what our faith informs us, allowing us to be consistent in our ethics.

These goals help us look at the inter-related nature of reality, our ‘integral ecology’ which simply put means ‘everything is connected’; our relationship with God, with our neighbours, and with our common home. Just as we are all connected to the lives of billions through society, economy and nature.

In order to build the kingdom of God we cannot isolate or exclude any of these elements of reality.

As all these things are joined up we may find hope in our actions, realising that “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.”

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Spirituality

This goal asks us to recognise where we separate worldly realities from heavenly pursuits. It asks us to look at how our encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in the way we interact with reality around us.

What are we as human beings about? Recognising this is fundamentally the most important thing we can do in addressing our world’s crises.

This goal is central as it is our relationship with God, self knowledge and appreciation of our place in the universe that gives meaning and motivation to our actions. It informs what is important and helps guide our priorities in life.

 

Responding to the cries of the Earth

This goal asks us to listen and respond to the cries of the Earth. This means understanding where we are plundering, poisoning and polluting and harming our common home and all forms of life who live there. It asks us to live up to our vocation to be stewards of creation, safeguarding the beauty of the earth and ensuring the wellbeing of all.

Responding to the cries of the poor

This goal asks us to listen and be merciful to the cries of the vulnerable, voiceless, suffering, exploited, lonely, sick, poor and hungry. It asks us to act to bring justice. It asks us to have a consistency in our defense of human life, from conception to death, and ensuring future generations inherit a better world. This means we recognise the world itself is vulnerable.

Building Community Resilience and Empowerment

This Goal asks us how we are building our communities to face challenges, environmental and social, with confidence, competence, and hope. How can we organise communities, and re-imagine community space, to encourage everyone to participate in the change we would like to see in the world? How can we help people to help themselves, globally and locally? Do we build bridges with our wider community when issues affect us all? How can we build communities that better reflect the Kingdom of God?

Engaging in Ecological Economics

Economics is something we all buy into and connects us as a people globally, and to the earth itself. This goal asks us to look at how can we ensure that through the goods and services we use, we have a positive impact on both people and planet, leading to fair and healthy societies, ecosystems and dignified work. How could re-imagining a more local economy based on sharing do a world of good?

Pursuing an Ecological Education

The Goal of an ‘Ecological Education’ refers to the overall formation and maturing of a person over their lifetime. How can we learn to love God, look after Mind, Body and Soul and our Common Home? This goal asks us to look at what we are teaching – what priorities do we choose and how do these shape our interaction with the world? The goal asks us to look at the various places we learn. The family, parishes, school, university, the local community and our natural surroundings. It asks us to look at how this learning translates into habits and behaviour that puts care of God’s creation above self interest.

Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles

This goal asks us to reflect on what it is to have enough, and to ensure that others have enough. It asks us to recognise the need to a sufficient amount, rather than using the planet and its people as a means to our own convenience and comfort.