Diocese’s Action Plan

The San Diego diocese has launched significant projects across its parishes and schools in response to Pope Francis’s urgent challenge to protect the environment and care for creation.

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The diocese, under Bishop Robert McElroy’s leadership, launched a Creation Care Ministry, which is led by Father Emmet Farrell. This ministry works on two fronts: education and action.

The ministry inspires and supports parishes and schools across San Diego and Imperial Counties to form their own Creation Care Teams. These teams develop and implement action plans to protect the environment.

The diocese has made a significant investment in solar projects at 58 of its parishes, two high schools and its Pastoral Center. The diocese installed charging stations in the parking lot of its Pastoral Center. And its staff switched to using sustainable, biodegradable products whenever possible.

The Creation Care Ministry, working in collaboration with Bishop McElroy, developed a Diocesan Climate Action Plan. The plan provides fact-based information about the existential threat climate change poses to all life; gives moral and spiritual reasons to act; and provides practical steps individuals, families and communities can implement.

The Diocesan plan will work in tandem with the Vatican’s Action Platform, to be formally launched in October 2021.