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The documentary captures the work of Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo, who will join the online screening

Taking inspiration from Laudato Si’ and in the lead-up to National Tree Day on July 30, Catholic Earthcare Australia is holding an online screening of the documentary The Forest Maker on Thursday.

The documentary captures the work of Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo who has helped turn millions of hectares of desert into forests in Africa since the 1980s. 

Through his work re-greening degraded land alongside local communities in more than 24 countries, Mr Rinaudo has made a significant impact on food security, environmental sustainability, and resilience for thousands of vulnerable people in the region. 

After the screening, Mr Rinaudo will join online viewers to speak more about how his methods have helped transform reforestation in Africa and inspired people across continents to care for and protect our common home. 

As part of the ongoing commitment to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, Catholic Earthcare Australia is working with over 300 schools, 60 parishes and 30 families on their journey towards achieving integral ecology and promoting opportunities for reflection about our role as protectors of creation and the poor. 

Catholic Earthcare Australia is a program of Caritas Australia that responds to the “cry of the earth” to safeguard creation and provide a voice for victims of environmental injustice. 

The screening is on Thursday, 6pm to 8pm. Register for the free event at


 Catholic Earthcare Australia holds online screening of The Forest Maker (Catholic Earthcare Australia)