Faith for Earth initiative and Laudato Si

Three years ago the United Nations (UN) and faith groups around the world joined together to create something called the Faith for Earth Initiative. UN Environment founded the initiative with 20 faith organizations representing eight major religious bodies. Their aim was to promote environmental action and investing for environmental impact.

In its three short years, Faith for Earth has already established a dialogue with 400 religious organizations around the globe. Looking to the future, it plans to continue to seek feedback from religious leaders on their environmental concerns and ideas for local action.

Faith for Earth Initiative unites people

By collaborating with representatives of faiths, the Faith for Earth Initiative is uniting people and achieving more than any individual organization could accomplish working alone. For example, there is a brand new initiative in Italy called The Living Chapel. It is a part of the Faith for Earth initiative, which is centered on Laudato Si, the ecological encyclical Pope Francis wrote five years ago about Care of our Common Home (planet Earth). The Living Chapel is a project to green the planet while promoting the principles of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the Laudato Si encyclical.

Other projects in the initiative are the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and interfaith Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. People are creating Laudato Si Gardens and planting a trillion trees as part of the initiative.

Faith for Earth Initiative unites concepts of art and humanities

Other projects within the Faith for Earth Initiative include restoring wildlife habitats, creating musical harmony with water and plants, planting orchards with rare and forgotten fruit tree species, conserving ancient plant species and so much more.

The Laudato Si Faith for Earth Initiative unites concepts of nature, art, music and architecture to inspire people to join together in caring for our world. What a time to be alive to witness all that is being birthed to heal the earth!

Learn more at (Faith for Earth Initiative) (The Living Chapel Facebook) (The Living Chapel website) (Interfaith Rainforest) (UN Decade on ecosystem restoration)

Sister Winifred Doherty is an Apostolic Sister who is engaged in ministry at the United Nations for Sisters of the Good Shepherd. She calls the United Nations a Gospel space.  In an interview with Sr. Winifred in 2015, she said, “Laudato Si is a marvelous document because it is a critique of capitalism as we know it and of the whole issue of the threat to the environment. The Pope brings these two issues together through the encyclical in a very beautiful way that is based on the gospel.”

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website