The Church’s Appeal to Negotiating Parties of COP21

What is COP21?

It is the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

How is the Catholic Church Involved?

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ calls for action against climate change. On 26 October, an “Appeal” from the Church in each continent was formally signed and made public at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office. It calls those negotiating the COP 21 in Paris to work toward the approval of a fair and truly transformational climate agreement. Read the document here.

What Can I Do?

You can offer your support in prayer, word and action!


“O God of love, teach us to care for this world our common home. Inspire government leaders as they gather in Paris to listen to and heed the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Let them be united in heart and mind in responding courageously. May they seek the common good and protect the beautiful earthly garden you have created for us, for all our brothers and sisters, for all generations to come. Amen”


Be part of the global effort to help spread the word. Share this page on your social media accounts, whatsapp groups or talk about it with your family and friends. No effort is too little, no gift too small.  We are all encouraged to exercise our “ecological citizenship”, as this would surely help to reinforce the humble and peaceable spirit of Laudato si’, and it would spiritually express communion with the universal Church.


Take part in events that promote the caring for the climate. An example of such an event is the Global Climate March:

On 29 November, a million or more men, women and children will take part in the Global Climate March. The 50 000 representatives at COP21 – 25000 official delegates and another 25000 participants with various interests – need to hear the message of Laudato si’ and the voice of God’s people. To echo these in the halls of negotiation and decision is the role of citizens everywhere calling for a responsible, successful COP21. ” – Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson
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