Jesuit Social Services stands with young people across the globe demanding climate action.
As an organisation, we continue our commitment to ecological justice.
The natural world is our greatest gift. As an organisation whose mission it is to build a just society, we recognise that the social and environmental are inextricably linked. The pursuit of justice necessarily involves care for the planet as our common home and transformation of the untenable social and economic systems that have produced the climate crisis and widespread environmental degradation threatening our future. It requires attention to already vulnerable communities who will be worst affected by the impacts of a changing climate.
Inspired by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, students in Australia and across the globe have asked everyone to join them in calling on governments to commit to urgent action to create climate solutions. Grassroots actions will take place in cities and towns all over the world ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in late September, centering on the Global Strike 4 Climate on Friday 20 September.
Nationally and internationally, the Jesuits are committed to accompanying young people in the creation of a hope-filled future and care for our common home. Jesuit Social Services sees our support for the young people leading the calls for climate action as consistent with these commitments.
On Friday 20 September, we are encouraging staff to support their local action and in doing so, lending our voice to thousands of young people across the globe working to build a more just and sustainable future.
We encourage you to join us.