The encyclical was published on the 18 June 2015.
Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us.
The encyclical discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles.
It’s not just an ‘environment encyclical’, it leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and the values at the heart of social life: “What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What needs does the earth have of us?” (Bishops’ Conference- The Catholic Church in England and Wales)
At St Joseph’s, teachers discuss with children ways of what we can do to help save the environment. We encourage children to take responsibility for the school and the garden with our Environment Team and Gardening Team.