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Founded in January 2015, the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is a coalition of 400+ Catholic member organizations in all continents with a constituency of nearly 1 million individuals. It is guided by an international Steering Committee and a secretariat based in Boston. GCCM’s diverse membership reflects the diversity of the Catholic family: Caritas agencies, religious orders, lay movements, youth groups, diocesan offices and Catholic-inspired NGOs.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement serves the Catholic family worldwide to turn Pope Francis’ 2015 Laudato Si’ encyclical into action for climate justice. GCCM encourages us to undergo an “ecological conversion,” to transform our lifestyles and call for bold public policies in collaboration with the wider climate movement.
The Romero Institute sits on the international steering committee of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and participates strategically in its national and global initiatives, especially through grassroots organizing and advocacy. In July of 2016, GCCM inspired local events all over the world to commemorate Pope Francis's Laudato Si encyclica about climate change. The Romero Institute participated in this week of climate action by producing an event in Aptos, CA. Our event, "Caring for our Sacred Earth," was attended by 150 activists from more than 20 different faith communities.