Our call to action
We are lifting a vibrant call to action for both people of faith and our UN representatives to protect creation and all who share it.
As Christians, we care for the most vulnerable. We’re walking in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. We come from the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, and across Europe to stand together for climate justice.
Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology, guides our pilgrimage. Laudato Si’ is addressed to “all people of good will,” and it says that the climate is “a common good, belonging to all.” But right now our poorest sisters and brothers, who least contribute to the climate crisis, suffer the worst of its devastation.
Laudato Si’ says that “we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage.” As pilgrims on the road to better care of creation, we call for:
- An ambitious global rule book that ensures a quick end to the fossil fuel era
- A just transition to the clean energy economy
- A new practice of integral ecology by individuals and communities
Read more about our call in our Statement of Purpose.
As The Climate Pilgrimage shares a message of care for creation along 1,500 kilometers of roads and byways, we encourage communities to address our core message and calls to action in the way that best suits their local contexts.
About the pilgrims
The Climate Pilgrimage is led by Yeb Saño, the former lead climate negotiator for the Philippines. A few years ago, a mega-storm called Typhoon Hayian (or Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) hit Yeb’s home community. Thousands of people lost their lives. Climate change is making storms like this more and more likely for the Philippines. Since then, Yeb has devoted every waking moment to securing a safer planet for his neighbors and people like them all around the world. He’s spent months at sea as a witness to environmental destruction, and he’s already walked on one pilgrimage, from Rome to Paris for the Paris climate agreement.
For the entire 1500-kilometer journey, Yeb will be joined by:
- AG Saño (Haiyan Survivor, Philippines)
- Albert Lozada (Philippines)
- Rodne Galicha (Philippines)
- Alan Burns (USA, United Kingdom)
- Patrick Chadwick (United Kingdom, France)
- Sébastien Dumont (France)
- Maica Quitain-Parado (Philippines)
- Berenice Tompkins (USA)
Along sections of the route, additional pilgrims will join:
- Joanna Sustento (Haiyan Survivor, Philippines)
- Nityalila Saulo (Philippines, USA)
- Jane Mellett (Ireland)
- Sr. Dani Brought (USA)
- Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem (Philippines)
- Sam Inglis (Hong Kong, UK)
- Pacific Climate Warriors representative
The Climate Pilgrimage stands with journeys of hope and justice around the world. Learn more about our sister pilgrimages.
The Climate Pilgrimage is coordinated by an international coalition of partners.
- Global Catholic Climate Movement
- FOCSIV (Federazione Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario)
- eRko (Hnutie kresťanských spoločenstiev detí)
- Wigwam/Rural Links
The 2015 pilgrimage
In 2015, Yeb Saño embarked on an international journey to collect witness to the consequences of the climate crisis. The journey culminated in a pilgrimage from Rome to Paris, where the Paris climate talks were being held. Shoes from around the world were collected in Paris to represent real people around the world who face the effects of climate change. Shoes included a pair from Pope Francis.
The Climate Pilgrimage builds on Yeb’s 2015 journey of encounter and witness. Along the pilgrims’ route from the Vatican to Katowice, they will stop in communities large and small to break bread, share conversations, and build the spirit of solidarity.