About the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a unique collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of good will.” (LS 3) Taking a truly ground-up approach, it is rooted in the strengths and realities of communities around the world, empowering all to take “decisive action, here and now” as we journey towards a better future together. (LS 161)

Action is urgently needed. Our Creator called the human family to be the steward of creation, but we have neglected that call. Our hotter, dirtier, deader planet is driving up the risk of suffering. The most vulnerable suffer above all.

At this kairos moment, we are responding to the call for healing in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and the Earth itself. Through the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, we are walking the “path to renewal” together (LS 202).

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Elements of the Laudato Si' Action Platform

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform will be launched in stages throughout 2021 and 2022. More information about the timeline is available here. At its completion, the platform will comprise three elements: Laudato Si’ Plans to map your journey, practical guidance on ways to take action, and resources to develop trusted communities of practice.

Laudato Si’ Plans

As we delve into this Laudato Si’ journey, the effects of our encounter with Jesus become evident in our relationship with the world around us. (LS 217) Laudato Si’ Plans support your community’s journey to integral ecology.

The platform will offer:

  • Laudato Si’ Plans, which your institution, community, or family can use to discern and implement your response to Laudato Si’
  • A process-oriented approach that responds to the charism of your institution, community, or family
  • Guidance on actions that help build a better future through the Laudato Si’ Goals
  • Recognition of your progress

Practical Guidance

The Creator of all calls us to practice a new way of living, one that is “good, true and beautiful.” (LS 205) We commit to take action together because it is “urgent and necessary.” (LS 57)

The platform will offer:

  • A library of resources to provide practical, concrete guidance on ways to take action
  • Webinars on actions and events

Community

This road will challenge us, and the ideas and support of our sisters and brothers in Christ will strengthen us along the way. “We were made for love,” and deeper relationships will nourish us wherever the Holy Spirit leads. (LS 58)

The platform will offer:

  • Resources to strengthen your community
  • Ways to connect directly with other participants
  • Inspiring stories of people who are taking action

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Timeline for the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

On 24 May 2020, the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis announced a Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year. The Laudato Si’ Year coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected poor and vulnerable communities. Laudato Si’ provides the moral and spiritual compass we urgently need as we recover from the pandemic and build a better world for generations to come.

2020
May 2020
Announcement of Laudato Si’ Action Platform
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is announced as part of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year
2021
May 2021
Pledges
The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development invites pledges to pursue Laudato Si’ Plans at the conclusion of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year
October 2021
Laudato Si’ Plans Open
On the Feast of St. Francis, the Laudato Si’ Plans process begins
2022
2022
Additional programs and tools
A full library of resources, a calendar of webinars, community-building tools, and more are launched

“there is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities.” (LS 165)

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