On July 29, Global Catholic Climate Movement officially changed its name to Laudato si Movement (LSM), after Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical. “[Global Catholic Climate Movement] served us well in the very beginning, [but] didn’t reflect the broad work in support of the Laudato sí encyclical that we were doing,” said LSM Executive Director Tomás Insua.
The new name was chosen from a list of 25 possible names as it emphasized that the “mission is being broadened to include the concept of ecological justice, based on the spirit of Laudato si’, where ‘everything is interconnected,” according to Lorna Gold, president of the board of directors. (Read: Asia’s First Laudato Si’ Living Chapel Rises in Romblon Province)
The organization also has a new mission statement, which is “to inspire and mobilize the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice.”
Involving communities more
LSM would also like to involve more of the grassroots communities in their activities and initiatives. In their new identity statement, the movement said that they “bring together a wide range of Catholic (1) organizations and (2) grassroots members from around the world.”
“With a new name, better-defined values, and a clearer mission statement, [the Movement] looks forward to amplifying how Catholics and people of good will all over the world bring Laudato si’ to life every day in their communities,” LSM said in a statement. (Read: Faith Group Applauds DOE, Calls for Just Transition to Renewable Energy)
The Laudato si, the basis of the organization’s new name, is Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on environmental care. It was the pope’s second encyclical after Lumen fidei, which included many insights and statements from his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI.
It was in Laudato si where Pope Francis critiqued consumerism and irresponsible development, discussed global warming and environmental degradation, and called on people to take action for our common home. (Read: Pope Francis To Visit Scotland, Attend Climate Change Conference In November)
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