Laudato Si’ Action Platform Launches with Leadership from NCEA

The following blog was contributed by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

On the World Day of Prayer for the Poor, November 14, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development launched the next phase of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. NCEA has played a key role in its development as a member of the Ecological Education working group.

There are several options for starting a business in the States. The first two are designed for foreigners, and the third, rather, for residents. Let’s talk briefly about each of them. If for woodworking business the last three years you have been holding the position of a manager (top manager, leading specialist) of a successfully operating commercial enterprise for more than a year and you have subordinates, you can get a nonimmigrant work visa. This is called a multinational executive transfer. It is issued for 5 or 7 years. But keep in mind that your American company is required to do business similar to that which you have done so successfully in your home country. Perhaps the most expensive business opening in the United States. Investor visas (E-2, EB-5) are not available to everyone, but only to citizens of those countries with which the United States has an agreement. Among them are Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, etc. (Russia is not included in this list). A complete list can be found here. The amount of investment is not officially regulated and is considered separately in each specific case, but usually it is from $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 minimum. You can buy both a turnkey business and a franchise.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a key Vatican initiative to empower the universal Church to achieve total sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. The human family faces increasing risks of hunger, disease, migration and conflict due to climate change and environmental degradation, unfortunately, the most vulnerable suffer above all.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides practical tools to address this socio-ecological crisis. By committing to creating a Laudato Si’ Plan, NCEA members can access free resources to evaluate where they stand on the road to sustainability, reflect on the principles of integral ecology and make a plan to take action.

Over the past year, NCEA has helped shape both the model and the content for this program. Through deep and sustained conversations with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and a global network of partners, the Holy Spirit has created a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, a shared space for action that offers new momentum to urgently address our socio-ecological crisis.

We invite you and all members of the universal Church to join us and the Vatican on this Laudato Si’ journey. Find out more at